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A Heart-pounding, Nerve-racking, and Terrifying journey of the First world's Reality-Documentary: Go Back To Where You Came From

Aired Date : 21 June 2011 (Past Show)

Scheduled Premiere : 28 August 2012 (Coming Real Soon..!!)

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Six ordinary Australians agree to challenge their preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers by embarking on a confronting 25-day journey.
Tracing in reverse the journeys that refugees have taken to reach Australia, they travel to some of the most dangerous and desperate corners of the world, with no idea what is in store for them along the way.

Deprived of their wallets, phones and passports,
they board a leaky refugee boat, are rescued mid-ocean, experience immigration raids in Malaysia, live in a Kenyan refugee camp and visit slums in Jordan before ultimately making it to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq, protected by UN Peacekeepers and the US military.
For some of them it’s their first time abroad. For all of them, it’s an epic journey and the most challenging experience of their lives.

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Re: Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS Australia)
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2012, 06:21:24 AM »

Roderick Schneider

Male, 29, from Brisbane
works as a financial planner.
He is the Vice President of the Australian Young Liberals and a former president of the Young Liberal Nationals in Queensland.
His concern about asylum seekers arriving by boat is that we’re not properly dealing with issues that drive them here in the first place.

He says: “if they really are that distressed to risk their lives and get on a ridiculously unsafe boat, what’s making them endanger their lives to come here? There are UN camps on the way, what is so bad at these camps? Surely if they’re set up by the UN, people should be able to stay there and not feel threatened.”

He is troubled by the issues some asylum seekers have had integrating into Australian society. Roderick has never been overseas before. His biggest fear about participating in the program is he’ll be perceived as a left leaning bleeding heart. “I’m a government-hating, freedom-loving, centre-right winger,” he says.

Besides politics, Roderick’s passions are Cricket, Australian Rules Football and going to the pub.

Adam Hartup

Male, 26, from Cronulla, NSW
a lifeguard who was on the beach on the day of the 2005 riots.
Seeing people standing up for the country made him proud to be Australian but when random Middle Eastern looking people were being beaten up, it disturbed him.

He has zero tolerance for asylum seekers arriving by boat. “Instead of harboring them, we should just put them straight on a plane and send them back. Don’t worry about giving them a feed or shower.” He thinks Australia should help its own first.

Adam has lived in Cronulla all his life and travelled through Asia and Europe. Last year he worked as a lifeguard in Greece during the Australian winter. Adam’s brother is a fireman who fought the Villawood Detention Centre fire in April 2011.

Gleny Rae

Female, 39, from Newcastle, NSW
a part-time schoolteacher and singer.
She performs solo (as Gleny Rae Virus) and in several bands that play around Australia.

"Asylum seekers who arrive by boats are the most desperate of all and we should treat them humanely." She believes there should be a home stay program to accommodate asylum seekers while their applications are processed. She would be delighted to host one, if not two.

Not withstanding her environmental concerns about overpopulation, Gleny thinks Australia should accept more refugees.

Raquel Moore

Female, 21, from Sydney
Currently unemployed
A self-confessed racist, Raquel is highly critical of refugees, especially Africans.
She says she’ll never be friends with a refugee.

She lives near Blacktown, describing it as a really "black town". She believes Australia should not accept any refugees: “You don’t know what diseases they’re carrying, We need Pauline Hanson. She’s really strong about asylum seekers not coming to Australia.”

Raquel left home at 13, moving around between relatives, before moving in with her partner at 16.

Darren Hassan

Male, 42, from Adelaide.
runs an import/export business with his Taiwanese wife
He is staunchly against people coming to Australia by boat, subsequently “jumping the queue”.

As an aspiring politician he ran unsuccessfully for the Democrats at the last two Federal elections. He has since joined the Liberal party.

Darren served in the Australian army for almost 10 years as a radio operator. His ancestors were in the first group of Muslim families to arrive in Australia in the late 1800s as cameleers, but Darren is a practicing Christian.

His nickname at school was “ref” (as in refugee) which confused him. He feels his family integrated into Australian society but claims that generally multiculturalism is not working. He thinks many migrants and refugees haven’t integrated well.
Darren doesn’t understand why asylum seekers travel through numerous countries before arriving here and suspects they “country shop” for economic benefit.

Raye Colbey

Female, 63, from Adelaide
currently retired,
have spent 22 years working with intellectually disabled children whose plight she believes is being neglected while the refugees are cared for.

She is angry about the money spent on the residents: “They get given everything; all they do is complain; we’re rolling out the red carpet with a glass of champagne at the end of it.”

She has no sympathy for the asylum seekers who died in December 2010 as a result of their boat hitting Christmas Island. “It served the bastards right,”

“People don’t understand people with a disability. They fear them. Bringing them into a community and trying to get the community to accept them is rewarding.”
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Re: Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS Australia)
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2012, 06:21:59 AM »



As a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees (and its 1967 Protocol), Australia is obliged under international law to offer support and ensure that a person found to be a refugee is not sent back unwillingly to the country of origin.

The terms "refugees" and "asylum seekers" are often used interchangeably but they have quite distinct meanings.

Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their countries because they have been persecuted.

The 1951 UN Convention defines a refugee as: “Any person who owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country.”

An asylum seeker is a person who has fled their own country and applies to the government of another country for protection as a refugee. The term asylum seeker refers to all people who apply for refugee protection, whether or not they are officially determined to be refugees.

The two most common ways for an asylum seeker to seek refugee status in Australia is to arrive by boat or by plane, and on arrival announce their claim as a refugee. Arriving in Australia with refugee status already granted, tends to refer to people who have been pre-determined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a refugee in either a refugee camp or by registering with the UNHCR in neighbouring country to their country of origin.

Refugee camps and countries where a person can register with UNHCR does not guarantee safety and only offers an in-transit options.

According to the UNHCR, the body responsible for protecting refugees and overseeing adherence to the Convention, by the end of 2009 there were 10.4million refugees worldwide. Of these a total of 112,400 were granted re-settlement in 2009: 79,000 were resettled in the United States of America, 12,500 in Canada, 11,000 in Australia, 2100 in Germany, 1900 Sweden, and 1400 Norway.

One per cent of the world’s refugees directly benefited from resettlement.

The main beneficiaries of the UNHCR resettlement program were refugees from Myanmar (24,800), Iraq (23,000), Bhutan (17,500), Somalia (5500), Eritrea (2500), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2500).



Australian media and politicians turn public attention towards Indonesia when we refer to "boat people" and people smugglers. However there are less than 3000 asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia. Malaysia is "home" to between 90,000 and 170,000 refugees and asylum seekers. Malaysia is often the first country asylum seekers and refugees flee to. It is in Malaysia where people may first meet with a people smuggler.

Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN Convention for Refugees however it does have a UNCHR presence. It does not officially recognise refugee status, it is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention or the 1967 Protocol, which places itself at odds with its international obligations and creating serious risks to the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

In Malaysia asylum seekers and refugees predominantly come from Myanmar (Burma), Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.

Refugees and asylum seekers are still considered "illegal migrants" in Malaysia. They have no formal legal status or right to work. Despite recent government promises, they face the daily prospect of being arrested, detained in squalid conditions, and tortured and otherwise ill-treated, including by caning. They face the constant fear of being forced to return to a country where they may be stripped of their rights or even killed.

Malaysia is both a destination and transit country for a significant number of refugees and asylum seekers. Despite not being a signatory to the 1951 Convention, the UNHCR is present in Malaysia and has facilitated resettlement for refugees in USA, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

UNHCR is the main actor of protection and assistance for asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia: 92 per cent, or some 85,300, are from Myanmar, comprising some 36,600 Chins, 20,100 Rohingyas, 9000 Myanmar Muslims, 3900 Mon, 3500 Kachins and other ethnicities from Myanmar. There are some 7400 refugees and asylum-seekers from other countries, including some 4000 Sri Lankans, 1050 Somalis, 710 Iraqis and 510 Afghans.


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Kakuma Refugee Camp is in far north west Kenya and has a population of over 84,000 refugees. Kakuma is the Swahili word for "nowhere", reflecting the seclusion of the area.

Refugees living in Kakuma have fled 13 countries across Africa, predominantly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia.

Kakuma refugee camp was created in 1992 as a result of Sudan’s civil war. However since then instability in surrounding countries has seen people flee their homes and forced to seek refuge in Kakuma.

The camp is managed by the Kenyan government and the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs, in conjunction with the UNHCR. Kakuma’s facilitates over 84,000 refugees due to UN divisions like the World Food Program and the UNHCR’s collaboration with non-government organisations like the International Rescue Committee, Red Cross, Lutheran World Federation, Jesuit Refugee Service, National Council of Churches Kenya, Don Bosco and Film Aid International.

Food rations and water supply is tight and the desert environment makes growing crops for food near impossible. With the average temperature at 40 degrees Celsius, Kakuma’s environment is tough with regular dust storms, high temperatures, poisonous spiders, snakes, and scorpions. Malnutrition, communicable disease outbreaks and malaria are all ongoing problems.

Jordan is one of the three main countries where Iraqis have fled after escaping their war torn homeland. It’s home to the second highest population of Iraqi refugees after Syria.

The Jordanian government estimates that as of January 2010, there are between 450,000 and 500,000 Iraqis living in Jordan. Around 31,000 Iraqis have registered with UNHCR.

According to the UNHCR as of December 2009 there are around 1.8 million Iraqi refugees in the world, most of them living in Iraq’s neighbouring countries of Jordan, Syria and Iran.

As of the start of this year, Syria is home to 1 million Iraqi refugees, while Iran’s population of Iraqi refugees is around 48,000.

The majority of Iraqi’s living in Jordan are Sunni Muslim. Jordan is not a signatory to the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention, but UNHCR says: “the Government of Jordan recognises the Iraqis on its territory as guests. It continues to welcome them and allows them to live in the country in safety. However, the Iraqis do not have a clear legal status nor the right to work.”

Most Iraqis in Jordan live in urban areas, mostly in slum-like conditions, which is the case across the Middle East. The UNHCR says in the Middle East and South West Asia, almost 80 per cent of refugees live in urban areas. In Africa around 15 per cent of refugees live in urban areas, while almost 60 per cent live in camps.

Iraqi refugees in Jordan have no right to access social security services. According to UNHCR staff in Jordan, if Iraqis can get access to the Jordanian public health system, they may pay up to 10 times the amount that Jordanians pay for treatment.

In 2007, the Jordanian government granted access to public schools for all Iraqi children.

Of the 1.8 million Iraqi refugees mostly living in the Middle East, in 2011 the UNHCR aims to resettle 26,830 Iraqis from Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

The UNHCR’s country profile on Jordan says: “Due to the lack of local integration possibilities in Jordan, resettlement remains the only durable solution for the majority of the Iraqi refugees. Large-scale returns are not anticipated due to the security situation in Iraq.”

The UNHCR says over 52 per cent of refugees in the Middle East and South West Asia are living in protracted situations, which means they’ve been there for more than five years.

Since the second Gulf war began in 2003, the UN estimates over 2 million Iraqis have fled the country. Last financial year Australia granted 1688 refugee visas to Iraqis.

The United States officially ended its seven-year combat operations in August 2010, reducing the number of troops to about 49,700. The US and Iraq have agreed that all US military personnel will leave the country by the end of this year.

Iraq is still a very dangerous place. According to the Iraq Body Count website, an average of over 200 people are killed in the country every month.

UNHCR estimates there are over 1.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq, as of January last year.

UNHCR says: “the Iraqi refugees who choose to return home are faced with many challenges, including lack of security, of livelihood propects and of social services. Many IDPs, too, live in deplorable conditions, deprived of essential assistance, and with their need for humanitarian support increasing the longer their displacement continues. There are also occasional reports of new displacements, particularly among the minority communities.”

After being given the choice, Raye and Roderick decide to visit DRC but Raquel declines. The visit is assisted by MONUSCO (UN peace keepers in Congo) and OCHA (UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs). Raye and Rodrick visit one of the many Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) refugee camps in the DRC called Mugunga III, 35kms outside the city of Goma in Eastern Congo. An IDP camp consists of people forced to leave their own homes and become displaced within their own country.

The DRC is the 3rd largest country in Africa, the size of Western Europe. The DRC has endured turmoil since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.

Rated amongst the poorest countries of the world its people should be rich with natural resources and raw minerals estimated worth $24+ trillion US. The $870m diamond industry provides work for around 1 million people, but many diggers earn less than $1 a day in dangerous conditions.

Refugees flee the DRC after being subjected to (or are in fear of) murder, rape or forced labour.

The issues relating to the DRC’s instability are highly complex with numerous political issues and violent rebel groups operating within the DRC. This makes the job of stabilising the region very challenging for UN peacekeepers and the DRC government.

Currently the most troubled area of the DRC is Eastern Congo, in North and South Kivu over 2 million people are internally displaced. The ongoing violence left nearly 2 million people displaced and a further 145,000 as refugees in neighboring countries. Despite a peace accord signed in January 2008, armed conflict persists and civilians have borne the brunt of the violence.

The prevalence of rape, torture and murder is described as the worst in the world. Congolese authorities in conjunction with UN peacekeepers {the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO (French)} are present to assist in protecting civilians under imminent threat of physical violence and assist displaced civilians who want to return home. Despite this attacks on villages continue with tens of thousands of women and children have been raped.

In 2008 the UN officially declared the rape of women and children as a “weapon of war” in the DRC. The level of sexual violence in Congo continues at an alarming rate. Over 15,000 cases of sexual violence were reported in 2009. In 2010 there were no signs that the trend was decreasing. For the first six months of the year 7,685 cases were reported. More than half of the victims were under 18 years of age.
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Re: Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS Australia)
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012, 06:30:30 AM »
That's really awesome summaries ZouLy! :hoot: :tup:

I wanted to watch this, but then I completely forgot about it. I will try to watch it! :)

And I had to write several essays about Asylum Seekers for my Legal Studies, and the stereotyping is really quite awful... :(
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2. Don't let him in - You have to kick him out again.
3. Don't be his friend - You know you're gonna wake up in his bed in the morning.
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Re: Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS Australia)
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2012, 11:56:34 PM »
I heard that SBS have given rights to the show to the US,Denmark, Israel,The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and South Africa.

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