This is a nice summary for me
Here are some more up to date stats - it is such a small amount of people, the problem is not the people who come here it is the fact that we spend so much bloody money processing and detaining them, any government who wants to deal with this in a more effective manner needs to pour money into offshore processing and working with the transitional countries - such as Indonesia to monitor and process at the first border crossing.
Seeing so many decent folks here beat back ignorance with the facts (and a lot more patience then I could muster) is absolutely heart warming.
My partner fostered a young Afghan man who arrived here alone via Indonesia and spent his teens in detention. He has scars from self harming during periods of depression and has struggled with culture shock since his release. He has done very well though and is now studying and working as he would like to help his mother and younger sister relocate to Australia. They were in a refugee camp in Iran, we just learned that they were sent back to Afghanistan and their current whereabouts is unknown. As the 'man' of the family they pooled all they had to get him out so that he could then send for them. Now he is here all alone. The young men that come here as 'unaccompanied minors' not only suffer from the effects of their own ordeal but the feeling that they have failed their families. It's a horrible situation.
For many refugees that arrive here, Australia really is the first country they can get to with any hope of safety. A look at a map and a few moments researching the countries they pass though should silence any ridiculous notions of 'country shopping'.
Article in the Age today about the small number of asylum seekers Australia gets. The media totally overinflates it!
We get less than Switzerland! I am sure most people know how small that country is??
The physical size of Australia is not relevant in any argument on population it can support.
The majority of Australian land is unfit for people to live on, and our infrastructure is a problem. I'm not saying we shouldn't take more refugees, I'm giving a reason why we find it difficult to process the ones we have.
I get that.
The article also gives details of numbers of refugees per million people.
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