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Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts?

22 Jul 2011
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The purpose of this background note is to present information (in a simplified format) that may help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues.

The magnitude and complexity of the issues arising from the flow of asylum seekers and refugees globally poses huge challenges for the world’s destination countries, including Australia. These countries universally struggle to maintain a balance between controlling national borders and offering protection to millions of displaced people.

The purpose of this background note is to present information (in a simplified format) that may help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues.

It includes information on asylum claims, unauthorised arrivals and irregular migration in Australia and Europe, and is updated and released periodically by the Parliamentary Library's Social Policy Section.

Image: "Spring Basket" reaches remote Darfur villages, United Nations Photo / flickr

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