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Six ordinary Australians challenge their preconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers on an immersive, reverse journey to some of the most inhospitable and dangerous places on Earth.
24 Jun 2015 - 3:12 PM  UPDATED 31 Jul 2015 - 9:06 AM

The ground-breaking and multi award-winning series returns to provoke national debate about how Australia responds to refugees and asylum seekers.

Six ordinary Australians will challenge their strongly held beliefs about refugees and asylum seekers on an immersive, reverse journey in which they will retrace the steps of those seeking asylum to some of the most dangerous places in the world.

Much has changed in the three years since season two got the nation talking back in 2012. But with the introduction of the Federal Government’s ‘Stop the Boats’ policies, controversy surrounding detainee treatment in detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, and a growing public awareness of ‘stateless’ asylum seekers, the issues are as important and divisive as ever.

Meet the six Australians who will embark on a journey to see the world through the eyes of refugees, including a former refugee, two sisters with opposing opinions, a Nauru and Manus Island whistle-blower, a tough talking teacher, and a ‘Stop the Boats’ campaigner.

 

Episode 1

Tuesday 28 July, 8:30pm 

Tempers flare early when six Australians move in with refugees who were once ‘boat people’. Denied access, two of the participants get a bird’s-eye view of Wickham Point Detention Centre near Darwin before a fiery debate ensues outside its perimeter fence. Retracing their refugee hosts’ journeys, the participants travel to Indonesia where they board a fishing boat typically used by people smugglers and head for an unknown destination.

 

Episode 2

Wednesday 29 July, 8:30pm

The six Australians get a first hand experience of Australia’s ‘turn back the boats’ policy when they’re transferred from a people smuggler’s boat to an orange lifeboat and turned back to Indonesia. Then they live with asylum seekers who have been turned back by the Australian navy. One group treks through the Thai jungle to discover how asylum seekers are trafficked and sold in to slavery. The other group visits the world’s newest city – a refugee camp built out of the Jordanian desert and home to more than 80,000.

 

Episode 3

Thursday 30 July, 8:30pm

Following a reverse refugee journey, one group visits an unofficial camp housing many of the 140,000 ethnic minority who fled their homes two years earlier. The series builds to a dramatic conclusion as the other group visits two of the most dangerous places on Earth  - Syria and Baghdad. At the end of the journey the two groups are reunited in Cambodia to assess the impact of their experience.

 

Go Back to Where You Came From airs across three consecutive nights:

Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 July, at 8.30pm on SBS.

 

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