Wednesday, March 23, 2005

STATELESS DETAINEES REVISITED

A significant policy shift is in the offing, as Australia prepares to release asylum-seekers from behind the razor wire.

The new sensibility in refugee policy is welcome news to long-term stateless refugees such as Peter Qasim who has been in the immigration detention centre for seven years and who has become the subject of intense lobbying by refugee advocates throughout the land.

Under the new dispensation, the stateless detainees will win temporary freedom and will be eligible for welfare entitlements, until they can be deported to their “country of origin”; wherever that may be.
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