The Arrivalists: Asylum seekers in their own words

Posted: 16/12/2015 by vequinox in Literature

To Koskino


The government doesn’t want you to see this, or read things like this.
It could be argued that Successive governments have de-humanised asylum seekers. They are not people like you and me, they have become ‘illegal arrivals’, ‘detainees’, we’ve all heard the language.

They are also anonymous, we don’t se their faces we seldom hear their stories; they have numbers…

They have no voice, no face, painted and portrayed as a threat; they are dehumanised.
Only when someone is dehumanised, can the government treat them without humanity. Our asylum seeker policy requires this, because if we knew them as people we would not allow it to happen.

The Arivalists presents the writings and creative work of people who are or have been in the asylum seeker detention system.

Read their works and you will connect with them as other human beings – people in pain, with sadness, with anxiety and…

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