Facebook alone is full of groups like F@ck off, we're full, Speak English or p!ss off and don't even start me on other online groups like stormfront Racism is alive and well in Australia.
Learning English is definitely a smart move for any immigrant, I agree, but from what I understand, it's really, really hard. And I know from working in retail some time ago, that many Australians are impatient with imperfect English. It must be a nerve wracking experience!
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27-07-2013 12:34 #631
27-07-2013 12:40 #632
27-07-2013 13:09 #633
Maybe we should just have people making policies who get their information from today tonight and a current affairs. That might be a better way to maintain "objectivity".
27-07-2013 13:44 #634
27-07-2013 14:33 #635
In regards to the "queue"...
Are asylum seekers ‘queue jumpers’?
There is a view that asylum seekers, particularly those who arrive in Australia by boat, are ‘jumping the queue’ and taking the place of a more deserving refugee awaiting resettlement in a refugee camp. The concept of an orderly queue does not accord with the reality of the asylum process. Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) notes that:
Implicit in this view is that Australia should not be bothered by people seeking protection under the Refugee Convention and that genuine refugees should go to other countries and wait patiently in the hope that Australia may choose to resettle them.
The reality is that only a small proportion of asylum seekers are registered with the UNHCR and only 11 per cent of asylum claims were registered with the UNHCR in 2011.
Once registered with the UNHCR, many refugees seek resettlement to a country such as Australia. Refugees do not have a right to be resettled, and states are not obliged under the 1951 Refugee Convention or any other instrument to accept refugees for resettlement. It is a voluntary scheme co-ordinated by the UNHCR which, amongst other things, facilitates burden-sharing amongst signatory states. Resettlement therefore complements and is not a substitute for the provision of protection to people who apply for asylum under the Convention.
According to the UNHCR, less than 1 per cent of the world’s refugees may be resettled in any given year:
Resettlement benefits a comparatively small number of refugees: in 2011 less than 1 per cent of the world’s refugees benefited from this durable solution … the number of resettlement places offered by States has not significantly increased over the years and has remained at around 80 000. Global resettlement needs, assessed at some 800 000, thus exceeded the number of places available by a ratio of 1:10.
For refugees in protracted situations (in exile for five years or more) the UNHCR points out that there are limited options:
The absence of a solution for millions of refugees in protracted situations continues to pose a major challenge to UNHCR and its partners, to host countries, the refugees themselves and the international community at large.
At the end of 2011 the UNHCR estimated that almost three quarters of the world’s refugee population under UNHCR mandate (more than 7.1 million) was trapped in protracted situations and for whom there was limited hope of finding a solution in the near future.
Due to an absence of durable solutions for refugees the focus of the UNHCR in most refugee camps is on voluntary repatriation. Despite the UNHCR’s best efforts, at the end of 2011 25.9 million people, including 10.4 million refugees, were receiving protection or assistance from the UNHCR (many in protracted refugee situations).
27-07-2013 14:51 #636
27-07-2013 14:54 #637Junior Member
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It's sad that the government had already introduced the "no advantage principle" a year ago so all the qualms about supposed queue jumpers were now invalid. One of the main issues that people seemed to have such a big problem with - that of refugees somehow pushing ahead in line even though that never happened at all anyway thanks to the method in which they're processed - had now been definitively spelled out for all those who are the first to cut in front of you at Aldi. And yet of course it's all now moot anyway. Horrible stuff.
27-07-2013 15:02 #638
27-07-2013 15:21 #639Senior Member
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Everyone deserves to live their life without persecution - the poorest of the poor and those with money as well.
And just because I believe that doesn't mean I don't feel deeply for those in refugee camps. Something needs to be done - it is ridiculous that we freak out about boat people in the first place, when there are so few - and yet tens of millions of people who need help. The whole thing is insane.
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27-07-2013 15:32 #640
Do you know anything about the Lowy report beebs? I can't find an actual link to the report directly...
"Although the proportion of asylum seekers arriving by boat has increased significantly in the last few years, and boat arrivals continue to be the focus of much public and political attention, they are in fact more likely to be recognised as refugees than those who have arrived by air. For example, the progressive protection visa grant rate for asylum seekers from the top country of citizenship for boat arrivals (Afghanistan) has varied between about 80 and 95 per cent since 2009; while the final protection visa grant rate for those applying for asylum from the top country of citizenship for air arrivals (China) is usually only around 20 to 30 per cent.
Dr Khalid Koser (Lowy Institute for International Policy) notes that:
The reason this ... point is important is that it means that arguably Australia is worrying about the wrong asylum seekers. Whereas the majority of those arriving by boat are refugees, the majority of those arriving by air are not.
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