[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Australia policy splits refugees in two tiers

"Stop the boats" policy says asylum seekers who arrived in country on or after July 19 will be deported.

Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 11:10
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Australia's conservatives, led by Tony Abbott, maintaining an election-winning lead over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, after a first leaders' debate was widely called a draw.

Both men promise to take a hard stance against asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat.

On July 19, the government announced a policy to "stop the boats" to discourage asylum seekers, saying those who arrived on or after that date would be deported to Papua New Guinea or Nauru.

The policy has created two tiers of refugees. Those who arrived by boat before July 19 may well get to stay in Australia permanently. Anyone who arrived after will not.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Christmas Island.

113

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.