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A family is escorted off the MV Sun Sea after they and an estimated 490 suspected Tamil refugees arrived on a cargo ship at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Colwood, B.C. on Vancouver Island Aug. 13, 2010. Andy Clark/Reuters

REFUGEE SERIES: Years of hardship force refugees, like those in Thailand, to take chances

KATIE DEROSA VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victoria’s shores, the federal... (more...)

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Reza Akbari, a refugee from Afghanistan, runs a busy kebab shop in Greater Dandenong, a city 36 kilometres east of Melbourne, which has a strong Afghan population. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Dandenong hailed as an example of the contribution refugees making to Australia

KATIE DEROSA TIMES COLONIST When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victoria’s shores, the federal government... (more...)

A family returns to their three-bedroom home inside Inverbrackie, a so-called alternative place of detention for families awaiting a refugee claim. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Facility that looks like a suburb is Australia’s ‘jewel in the immigration detention crown’

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REFUGEE SERIES: ‘Don’t stop the boats – find out why they are coming’

KATIE DEROSA VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victoria’s shores, the federal... (more...)

Raj (centre), a Tamil refugee, with Victoria Martin-Iverson and Phil Chilton, volunteers from the Refugee Rights Action Network, based in Perth, Australia. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Australia’s immigration detention centres put spotlight on asylum seekers’ well-being

Raj (centre), a Tamil refugee, with Victoria Martin-Iverson and Phil Chilton, volunteers from the Refugee Rights Action Network,... (more...)

Detainees walk through the Northwest Point immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, which has soccer pitches, basketball courts and a canteen. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: A visit to Christmas Island, which human-rights groups have dubbed ‘Australia’s Guantanamo Bay’

Detainees walk through the Northwest Point immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, which has soccer pitches, basketball... (more...)

Nirangela, 21, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, is one of the 492 people who came to Canada aboard the human smuggling ship MV Sun Sea, which arrived Aug. 13, 2010. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Tamil couple escaped bombs in homeland only to land in detention in Canada

Nirangela, 21, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, is one of the 492 people who came to Canada aboard the... (more...)

The broken propeller of the wooden ship that crashed on the rocks, killing an estimated 50 people on Dec. 15, 2010, acts as a memorial on the northern cliffs of Christmas Island in Australia. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Christmas Island witnessed horrific shipwreck of migrant vessel

The broken propeller of the wooden ship that crashed on the rocks, killing an estimated 50 people on Dec. 15, 2010, acts... (more...)

The MV Sun Sea, which held 492 Tamil asylum-seekers when it arrived off the shores of British Columbia from Thailand in August 2010, is still docked at the Nanaimo Shipyard in Newcastle Island Passage. Krista Bryce/Nanaimo Daily News

REFUGEE SERIES: Canada’s plan to confront human smuggling by following Australia’s lead worries refugee advocates

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