1951 UN Refugee Study

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General Australian refugee facts and figures
The 1951 UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as “someone who has a well-founded fear of persecution in their own country, because of their race, religion, nationality or political or social affiliation” (Refugee Action Coalition, n.d.). In other words refugees are ordinary individuals who have been forced to leave their country to be able to escape war, persecution or natural disaster (Oxford, 2014).

Ever since 1945 there have been over 700 000 refugees and displaced persons settled within Australia, this come to show that Australia has a long history of accepting refugees for resettlement (Phillip, 2011). In the world today it is estimated that there are currently approximately 15.2 millions
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Although young people may now choose their own partners, horoscopes, caste and parental approval are still important factors. Elderly are respected in sri lanka and usually remain an integral part of the extended family (Atkinson, 2009, p.41).

Family structure
The Sri Lankan family is essentially the conjugal unit of husband, wife and dependent children. Woman had strong say in health and fertility behavior. Change in recent times where there has been shift from family-arranged to self selected (love) marriages. Age at marriage amongst women has risen substantially this century though the change has been much less amongst men. (Caldwell, 1996).

In ancient times the marriage is not soluble. There are two types of marriages - diiga and binna. The 'diiga ' marriage is respected. In this case the bride is going to live with the groom. In 'binna ' marriage it happens the other way round. The bride and bride-groom should be of the same social class. Arranged marriages - Love marriages In arranged marriages, parent consider horoscopes with help of astrologers. The wedding ceremony is held at an auspicious time (Sri Lanka Institure of Tourism and Hotel Managament,
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Women are responsible for cooking, raising children, and taking care of housework. In families relying on agriculture, women are in charge of weeding and help with the harvest, and among poor families women also perform full-time work for the more well-to-do. The man 's job is to protect women and children and provide them with material support, and in this role men dominate all aspects of business and public life. At the center of the system are children, who mix freely until puberty and receive a great deal of affection from both sexes. As they enter their teens, children begin to adopt the adult roles that will keep them in separate worlds: girls help with household chores and boys work outside the home. Among the middle- and upper-income groups, however, education of children may last into their early twenties, and women may mix with males or even take on jobs that were in the past reserved for men. There has been a tendency to view the educational qualifications of women as a means for obtaining favorable marriage alliances, and many middle-class women withdraw from the workplace after marriage (Ross & Savada,

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