Australia: Why Boat People Risk It All

11:08 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Australia: Why Boat People Risk It All

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Every month, thousands of migrants undertake a perilous journey across the Indian Ocean to try to reach Australia's shores. Many are fleeing troubles in countries like Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka. The issue of asylum seekers has been prominent in the Australian general election campaign, with both main parties pledging tough policies to stop the influx.
Every month, thousands of migrants undertake a perilous journey across the Indian Ocean to try to reach Australia's shores. Many are fleeing troubles in countries like Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka. They pay huge sums to people smugglers, who operate often unsafe boats out of Indonesia.
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