Asylum spike bucks world trend: UN report

Paul Maley & Paige Taylor; 24/3/10

The number of refugees seeking asylum in Australia jumped by almost 30 per cent last year despite global numbers remaining steady, challenging Kevin Rudd’s claim that instability abroad is behind the surge in refugee boats. As Border Protection command yesterday intercepted two more asylum boats, the third in as many days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released its annual report on global asylum trends.

The Australian; Surge in asylum seekers defies world trend; See: http://www.theage.com.au/national/surge-in-asylum-seekers-defies-world-trend-20100323-qu3d.html