Tuesday, January 11, 2005

NEW REFUGEES ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

As thousands of Sudanese all over Australia celebrate the signing of the peace deal in the Sudan to end Africa’s longest civil war, information coming in reveals Australia has taken a large number of new refugees under the Refugee and Humanitarian program.

Figures released by the Immigration Minister, Senator Amanda Vanstone, show that by the end of the current financial year about 13,000 people would have been granted visas under the program; with the Sudanese refugees expected to account for 70% of those resettled in Australia.

Australia’s generosity is making a difference! Close to 5,000 visas were granted to the African refugees between July and November 2004. And Senator Vanstone said the number is in line with government policy expectation.
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