Refugees in Indonesia say few would risk a boat ride to AustraliaFebruary 17, 2019 2:22 pm
In the wake of the medevac legislation – allowing for those detained on Manus Island and Nauru to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment – the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has claimed the new measures will propel a fresh wave of asylum seeker boats on to Australian shores.
But in Indonesia, where more than 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees live in financial hardship and uncertainty, most say they couldn’t get on a boat – even if they wanted to.
For many, mustering up the thousands of dollars that would cost, is near impossible.
“The Australian prime minister, I am so sorry to say, is always telling lies about refugees and our situation,” 21-year-old Erfan Dana, a refugee from Afghanistan, says.
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