I don't think we'll every really know why Australia has had a huge spike. The number of people coming in via boats has increased, there is no denying that. I don't get how that is the governments fault though. It's not like they've put up big signs in the middle of the ocean saying "Australia this way". As much as people want to believe that the government can control the number of boats they simply can't. The boats will continue to come if (I say "if" trying to be optomistic) the liberals get in and won't fkface...I mean Abbott look like a bigger tool (if that's possible) when he's trying to defend himself against the same abuse Gillard is copping.
Father - to answer you, again. Take a pick of any of the wars that are currently raging. Maybe the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Or how about the Tamils who are escaping from Sri Lanka? Sure the civil war may officially be over but there is still a lot unrest.
This (taken from here) would support that theory.At January 31, 2013, 47 per cent of detainees were Sri Lankan nationals, 13 per cent from Iran and 11 per cent from Afghanistan.
Don't get me wrong my heart breaks that those poor people have to het on a boat but there must be a safer way for them to get here
Those refugees weren't responsible for the boat crashing, that was the people smugglers and I can guarantee that most people on here do NOT agree with people smugglers and what they do to make money.
- people find it hard to get their head around the fact that wealthy people (who can afford to pay smugglers) can be refugees
- a few bad eggs have slipped through under false refugee claims (think Capt Emad). People get worried that the portion of false claims is much higher than it is.
- the number of refugees Australia takes each year is limited. To some extent those that have enough money to pay a smuggler are taking spots away from those with less money that are stuck in camps in Pakistan... Malaysia etc. That wealthy people are able to take spots from poor people... That makes a lot of Australians feel uncomfortable.
Generally speaking ‘illegal immigrants’ are people who enter a country without meeting the legal requirements for entry (without a valid visa, for example). However, under Article 14 of the 1948 Universal declaration of human rights, everyone has the right to seek asylum and the 1951 Refugee Convention prohibits states from imposing penalties on those entering ‘illegally’ who come directly from a territory where their life or freedom is threatened. = From Parliament of Australia website.
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