No, we can't take everyone- but we can take more than we do. Indonesia and Malaysia, whether or not you believe how bad it is, treat these people as unlawful- coming here, as per the convention, is not. I don't understand your logic- leave them in a country unlawfully instead of legally allowing them here? It's the actual boats that are the problem, in my mind. We need to focus on getting them here safely, and take it from there.
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What do you make of things like this VP?
Considering about 90% of boat arrivals have been found to be genuine refugees in recent years (applications have only begun getting processed again since August 2012-so we don't know the stories of those that have arrived the past 11 months) I would say the government agrees and believes that a vast majority of these people are NOT economic refugees.
To answer you question, short answer, no. While people still have something to run from they will still find anyway they can to escape.
Long answer, maybe but it is so complicated it is incredibly unlikely. It would require giving people a safe alternative that suits everyone.
They probably give the benefit of the doubt to those who have thrown their ID documents overboard. I probably wouldn't.
I don't count those who pay people smugglers to come to Australia after flying into a country where they are safe from the persecution in their homelands. They are paying for economic advantage. I do count those that register with the UNHCR while in a third country and wait their turn.
Again, Tuesday night, go back, there is a family in Indonesia, explaining why they are planing on getting in a boat. Gives real insight.
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