When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victoria's shores, the federal government cracked down, bringing in a tough refugee law that will throw future boat people into mandatory detention in provincial jails. The plan is modelled on one used by Australia - a sys-tem that studies say has cost huge amounts of money and has failed. Times Colonist reporter Katie DeRosa, funded by the inaugural James Travers Fellowship, travelled to Australia to examine the system and what it could mean for Canada and Canadian taxpayers.
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Yongah Hill Detention Centre is refugees' first experience of the Australian mainland
A young refugee is released into the community and finds his way through art
Inverbrackie is a detention centre that looks like a suburban community
Refugees bring life back to a struggling city
Refugees in Bangkok wait and hope for a new life
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