Burmese group escapes asylum-seeker application freeze

Paige Taylor; 12/4/10

The fastest-growing ethnic group inside Christmas Island’s Immigration Detention Centre — the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority group of western Burma — is not affected by the Rudd government’s asylum freeze. While Afghans and Sri Lankans have effectively no chance of a new life in Australia in the short term, the Rohingyas are not on the Rudd government’s banned list and as a result many more of the group are expected to risk their lives to make it to Australia in the coming months. “People say there are five or seven boats (of Rohingya) in Indonesia wanting to come,” one Rohingya detainee told The Australian.

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/burmese-group-escapes-asylum-seeker-application-freeze/story-e6frgczf-1225852474032; Sri Lankan tells of asylum death voyage; Paige Taylor; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/sri-lankan-tells-of-asylum-death-voyage/story-e6frgczf-1225852474240; The boats will keep coming, say traumatised Tamils; Michael McKenna; 12/4/10; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/the-boats-will-keep-coming-say-traumatised-tamils/story-e6frgczf-1225852474321; A refugee ‘solution’ without decency; Daniel Flitton; 10/4/10; http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-refugee-solution-without-decency-20100409-rysn.html