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The facts about ‘boat people’ – The government and media are lying - » The Australian Independent Media Network. “The facts about ‘boat people’ – The government and media are lying” is a title that perfectly sums up the emphasis in this guest post by Glenn Murray. This was first published on Glenn’s blog in October last year, but it is such a powerful exposé of the extent of the lies that we need to keep disseminating Glenn’s message. We would urge you all to share this widely. The lies can only be fully exposed if more people were aware of the truth.

Who are ‘boat people’? ‘Boat people’ are asylum seekers who arrive by boat, without a valid visa or any other appropriate authorisation. They’re seeking protection (asylum) because they fear persecution in/from the home country (torture, murder, illegal imprisonment, etc.). Are ‘boat people’ doing something illegal? No. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” The terms, ‘illegal immigrants’, ‘illegals’, etc., are completely incorrect. The 2012 UNHCR Guidelines on Detention explain it in plain English: Yes. The reality of boat people and a solution to the asylum seeker "problem" | Th... The treatment of asylum seekers who arrive by boat has been one of the most divisive political issues in Australia’s recent political history. It is worth knowing a few facts. First, asylum seekers arrive in Australia by two paths. They may come by plane or by boat. Those who come by plane must have travel documents from their country of origin, and a visa to enter Australia; if not, they are then put on a plane back to their point of embarkation, at the expense of the airline that brought them in.

Asylum seekers who arrive by plane typically have a short-term visa (study, tourism, business) but when they clear passport control in Australia apply for asylum. About 40 percent of this group are ultimately accepted as refugees. Those who come by boat suffer several disadvantages. In Indonesia, asylum seekers can go to the UNHCR office and seek refugee status. A promise to “stop the boats” fairly swiftly became a process of stopping information about the boats. The Impossible Refugee Boat Lift to Christmas Island.