Peter, regarding your comment, “Perhaps it is time for some …

Comment on ‘They are afraid for their children’ by Kieran Finnane.

Peter, regarding your comment, “Perhaps it is time for some other countries to take some of these people”, the main destination countries for new asylum seekers in 2011-12 were, in order, South Africa, USA, Germany, France, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Kenya, Malaysia. The numbers at the top of the scale dwarf the claims made in Australia: out of a total world-wide estimated at 928,200, 82,000 new claims in South Africa, 55,100 in France. These figures are for asylum seekers as distinct from refugees of whom there were an estimated 10.5m.

There were 11,051 asylum seeker cases pending at the end of 2012 in Australia. This figure does not include boat arrivals, estimated at 9000-10,000, who were not able to lodge protection visa applications or had been transferred to other countries. In Kenya, 20,000 new claims were made.

The major hosting countries for refugees at the end of 2012 were, in order, Pakistan (at total of 1.64 million, mostly Afghans), Islamic Republic of Iran (mostly Afghans), Germany (a total of 589,700), Kenya, Syrian Arab Republic (for refugees from Iraq), Ethiopia, Chad, Jordan, China and Turkey.

My source is the United Nations High Commission for Refugees 2012 Statistical Yearbook.

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