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Chinese refugees risking lives for asylum in New Zealand

Kenny, M.A. (2012) Chinese refugees risking lives for asylum in New Zealand. The Conversation, 11 April 2012 .

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A group of ten Chinese people fleeing persecution in their home country has presented Australian authorities with an unusual dilemma – they are not seeking asylum here. The Falun Gong members, currently aboard a yacht in Darwin harbour, are intent on continuing their voyage to New Zealand, where they say they want to claim asylum on grounds of religious persecution.Prime minister Julia Gillard says there is no way to prevent the group from travelling to New Zealand as they are not seeking asylum in Australia and are aboard a seaworthy vessel. But concerns remain about the ability of the vessel to negotiate the treacherous waters separating Australia and New Zealand.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publisher: The Conversation Media Trust
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