“Australia’s Castaways Are Happier to Call NZ Home”

SMH profiles the Afghani “Tampa” refugees, who were taken in by the NZ government after being refused entry to Australia. Pacific minded NZ authorities have granted them the right to reunite with their families, return to NZ, and apply for citizenship after 3 years. “In my dream I take my mother to Mission Bay.” SMH: “Their hero is Captain Arne Rinnan of the MS Tampa, the Norwegian freighter that rescued them. Their heroine is Helen Clark, New Zealand’s Prime Minister.”

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