Asia-Pacific

Apr 10, 2012

Why head for NZ? The Chinese asylum seekers who don’t want to stay

Ten Chinese nationals are currently based on a ferry docked in Darwin after sending a distress signal for Australian Customs officials to collect them after running out of food en route to New Zealand, where they plan to seek asylum.

Ten Chinese nationals are currently sitting on a ferry docked in Darwin after sending a distress signal for Australian Customs officials to collect them after running out of food en route to New Zealand, where they plan to seek asylum. They claim their membership in thought movement Falun Gong, and that persecution within China has caused them to flee their homeland.

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4 thoughts on “Why head for NZ? The Chinese asylum seekers who don’t want to stay

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Why is Australia providing transit support to asylum seekers en route to another country when it criticises Indonesia for doing the same?

  2. AR

    As GavM notes, Oz now seems to be like Indonesia, merely a way-station for asylum shoppers – who have already declared that Darwin is not up to their standards for claiming sanctuary.
    Then there is the boatload of Afghans claiming that, “..rilly trooly, we made it to International waters before being blown back to Indonesia, so we’re Oz’s responsibility!”

  3. MAREE WHITTON

    It’s well known that Chinese Asylum Seekers head to NZ first.
    No detention, straight into the community, wait several years become a
    NZ citizen and then onto Australia where New Zealanders have access
    to the open borders between Australia and NZ. They will end up in
    Australia.

  4. Charles Richardson

    Given the hazardous nature of a sea voyage from Darwin to New Zealand, is there some reason we can’t just put them on a plane? It doesn’t cost a lot, and one of the refugee organisations could probably lend them the money.

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