Yes, I've heard that too Bec. Pakistan is certainly not a safe place.
My friend just put this in his status on facebook. Very true and made me laugh - though it probably shouldn't have
"Sending people you don't want to a country far away, with no regard for the preexisting locals who live there. Now where have we heard that before?..."
I'm having difficult keeping up with the thread, so bear with me.
I have lived in Indonesia temporarily and have travelled to both Malaysia and PNG. I can assure you, they are NOT countries that I would wish to reside in on a long term basis, as a woman, as a mother with children, and as a human being. This solution is absurd and deplorable. The idea that every refugee should arrive by plane with their documents in hand is not only nonsensical, but incredibly naive.
I can see what you are saying Father, of course Australia cannot house all of the worlds refugees. But what you seem to be forgetting is that the worlds entire population aren't applying for refugee status here, and in terms of head per capita we don't even grant that many refugee visas compared with other countries. I honestly think you are blowing our amount of refugee applications way out of proportion.
If someone if fleeing persecution in Iran, you cannot assume that they will be unable to live free from persecution in a country such as PNG. Plenty of other people in PNG manage to live there.
I find the notion that refugees cannot be settled anywhere other than first world countries a bit narrow minded. One could argue that Australia is dangerous too when you read stories of child abuse and drive by shootings. I don't think the utopia that you dream of exists.
Can I ask you a question, in all seriousness Father. Why would you prefer to see people resettled in PNG rather than here? What difference does it make to you? How will it impact/not impact your life? And have you thought, that a nation where 50% of people a day earn less that 2 dollars a day may have a problem with taking in even more people, when half of them are in dire poverty? And they do have a problem with it - there are protests happening all over. Or does none of that concern you?
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