'I don't have any other way out'
4 September 2013 Last updated at 02:11 BST
Every month, thousands of migrants undertake a perilous journey across the Indian Ocean to try to reach Australia's shores.
Many are fleeing troubles in countries like Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka.
They pay huge sums to people smugglers, who operate often unsafe boats out of Indonesia.
The issue of asylum seekers has been prominent in the Australian general election campaign, with both main parties declaring tough policies to "stop the boats".
The BBC spoke to one man in Afghanistan who is about to set off on that journey.