There are 1,500 Afghan men, women and children in the community waiting for a decision as to whether they will be granted refugee protection. But the Australian Government is saying it's safe to to send them back.
Our team of researchers have just returned from Afghanistan where they met and interviewed people who had been returned by the Australian Government.
Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning led the research team and he spoke with Frank Kelly on ABC Radio last week:
"People said to us things like 'when I take my children to school I don't know whether they'll be alive at the end of the day.' Put yourself in the shoes of that person. Most of us are in the lucky situation of not having a clue of what war feels like, smells like, tastes like, but that's what it does to people. And for the Government to say 'it's safe to go back' is ludicrous. It's wrong."Read more
This report is the continuation of ERC’s determination to investigate Australia’s most recent deportations to Afghanistan by providing an overview of Afghanistan’s current security, political, and socio-economic situation, the drivers and trends of migration, and the returnees’ experience, compiled from both primary and secondary sources. The sources selected for preparing this report include scholarly analysis, expert commentary, government and international organisations’ documents, officials’ statements, and newspaper reports as well as conducting interviews with experts and practitioners working at national and international development agencies in Afghanistan. In addition to relying on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, a number of deported Afghans from Australia, Europe and other countries have been interviewed in the context of returnees’ experience in order to broaden the focus of the report.Read more
There are significant number of Afghan people seeking asylum in Australia and in Australia's offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru. At the same time, the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and conflict has become more intense throughout the country. The Taliban and other armed opposition groups have expanded their control and influence over many regions of Afghanistan. This has resulted in a huge refugee crisis as tens of thousands of Afghans left the country in 2015 and 2016 in the hope of seeking refuge in Europe, Australia and other parts of the world.Read more
Through its Deportations Research program the Edmund Rice Centre has since 2002 conducted considerable research to determine what happens to the asylum seekers that Australia rejects. That research has to date seen the publication of two major reports.
Out of grave concern formed from revelations of the ongoing and systemic mistreatment of asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka, evidence collected by ERC is made available here in this Interim Research Update in the form of the following case note summaries.