Are they really asylum seekers?
The answer is without doubt, Yes!
All of those ending up on Australian soil in an unauthorized fashion are certainly seeking asylum. However as with so many issues, this simple apparently straight-forward question is the wrong question to ask, or maybe not wrong, just incomplete.
Arriving by boat or overstaying their visa, those involved are seeking our protection from one thing or another, but are they justified in seeking asylum in Australia – now there’s the important question.
By any sensible evaluation, in almost all cases, the answer is emphatically No!
Like all things, it boils down to judging criteria.
Obligations to ‘so called’ human rights, through treaties with the United Nations require we accept any arrivals on the basis of them simply stating, “I am seeking asylum”.
That’s all the difference one needs for treatment as a potential refugee, as opposed to an illegal immigrant. Just say the magic words, “Asylum Seeker”.
These poor desperate souls are fleeing in fear for their lives, well, not really, but many Australians kind of think that’s the case. That there’s an organized desire to kill these people, or at least take all they have and force them to live in terrible persecution and in fear of being killed!
However, large numbers of these people are more in fear of their lives not being as good as they would be if they lived in Australia. That’s an understandable fear given what Australia has to offer, but hardly justification for admission to anyone with the Cash to book a trip downunder!
Criteria, is where the problem begins. Simply establish a ‘well founded’ fear of persecution and that’s how an ‘Asylum Seeker’ turns into a Refugee!
Here’s some insights to persecution: Racial or Religious with such able to also include culture. Then there’s the notion of being persecuted because of your Nationality and being a member of a particular social group is also recognized as able to attract persecution.
Goodness, “persecuted through being a member of a particular social group” – gee whiz, picture how broadly that could be argued!
Oh, mustn’t forget persecution because of your political opinion, yes, that’s right, people who disagree with your view could persecute you! I suffer from that one all the time. Mind you, the ‘Left’ would say a person with my views deserves persecution – yes, they actually are that hypocritical.
Getting the picture? When you hear all Asylum Seekers are judged by strict United Nations’ criteria to determine if they are genuine Refugees, one generally doesn’t comprehend how broad those requirements are.
If one can get to Australia, one is pretty hard pressed not to be able to spin a line that at least will keep you here through years of legal argument (much of it paid by us), and eventually, appeal upon appeal, one beats the system. Not that the system was ever set up to be hard to beat.
Consider these actual examples of reasons/excuses people have put up to gain refugee status and all the prizes that come with that.
Fleeing political persecution in Fiji?
It could be argued democracy is lacking in Fiji, but they’re hardly gunning people down in the street. In fact it remains one of the most popular tourist destinations for Australians. My Wife and Children were there late last year!
Two Pakistanis who claimed to be homosexual and in danger in Pakistan because of their sexuality?
Homosexuality isn’t uncommon in Pakistan and while it’s not something you want to get caught at, this pair were thought to actually be brothers who were just trying it on. Last I heard, they wanted to have sex with each other to prove they really were homosexual.
Two women who claimed if returned to their country, they would be circumcised?
Genital mutilation of females is barbaric and should be outlawed! Indeed, it is outlawed in their country of origin, so their application was based on the possibility that they may be victims of crime! It’s equivalent to trying for refugee status on the basis that there are criminals in your country.
In this case, it should be noted that in the country of origin in question, female circumcision is rare as well as illegal. It’s also illegal in Australia, but still happens.
Just a small sample of quirkier Asylum claims and the gall often involved.
The vast majority of Asylum Seekers just do not fit with what most normal Australians expect, or have been misled into believing.
Remember the classic movie, ‘The Sound of Music’? The Family Von Trapp fleeing bravely on foot over the Alps to escape the terror of the Nazis – now that’s a picture of real refugees!
No-one coming to Australia even vaguely replicates those scenes. One of the most glaring exposures of the nonsense of these claims is that, except for the Sri Lankans, ‘Asylum Seekers’ heading for Australia mostly commence their journey by catching an International Flight with various documents including Passports.
This fact is ignored – it’s as if they get to Indonesia on Camels by some strange secret perilous route rather than a journey including in-flight entertainment and duty free shopping!
In the course of this travel, they cross many safe borders, but none of those places are Australia – none of those places have the welfare, housing, food, education and overall never-ending freebies your taxes and mine dish out. This explains the terms, Economic migrants and Country shoppers.
The Sri Lankans have no sustainable claims, but hell, it’s been shown to be worth a try – I’ve twice spoken personally with the Sri Lankan Ambassador and we’re fortunate they’ll take their citizens back as fast as we can process them.
Of all those who come, perhaps the Afghanis have the best claim, but still some of them are fakers and, as suggested, there are numerous closer easier places to get to than Australia – it’s just those places aren’t as appealing as Australia and given it’s supposed to be about ‘Safety’, appeal shouldn’t count.
The biggest issue I have with the Afghanis is I’m disgusted that young fit military age men keep turning up here while our troops fight and die for them. No Afghanis should be allowed to stay – at most they should be here only on temporary protection.
Further angering is when some Afghanis were determined to be fakers and slotted to be returned, the Afghan government refused to take them back. At that point we should have said, “Ok thanks for that, we’re leaving, fight your own Damn war”! But no, our Government was more like, “Oh apologies for asking and BTW, we’re fine with more Australians dying for your Freedom”!
All this BS Disgusts me, what about you?
Recent reports suggest a realization that Iranians seeking Asylum have no grounds, but the Iranian government also won’t take them back. Something in excess of 12,000 have arrived so far and we’re stuck with them, even though they’re not genuine.
The message has been clear for years, Australia is a honey pot – if you can get there, you’ll likely get to stay because Australians are weak and filled with misplaced sympathy – they are fools and their government no better.
Wondering about the cost? You’ve heard of the $billions and budget blow-outs, but that’s just the start. The government’s own stats show 93% of arrivals are still on welfare 5 years after landing.
With roughly 50,000 arrivals since PM Kevin Rudd changed the rules, do the maths for yourself – ongoing $billions – dole, medicare, Family assistance, rent assistance, specialized education, disability, sickness benefits………………..…
Compared to an Average Aussie, plenty of this crowd live comfortably on the smell of an oily rag – no incentive to do anything and a government that won’t force them to change. Consider the generational welfare that’ll create in this group?
With more welfare for every child and cultures with a propensity for Families of ten or more, imagine how the 50,000 will multiply – handing over bills we’ll be stuck with forever.
The only hope is to find a way to return as many as possible and to completely restructure the welfare system – without change, just the Asylum Seekers already here will irreversibly harm Australia at least financially and arguably socially as well.