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Creaky old boats are not the only way Asylum Seekers make it to Australia. Many arrive on planes, head for official functions, and decide not to go back. In July, more than 30 African delegates became Asylum Seekers following the World AIDS Conference. They claim to face persecution and even death if returned home. And it’s not a new phenomenon. In 1956, half of the Hungarian team applied for refugee status after the Melbourne Olympics.

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