Asylum Seekers are not barging in they simply want freedom and a fair go
Since 1901 and the introduction of the White Australian Policy, the Australian Government has looked to protect its shores. But when the yearly cost of keeping a single asylum seeker in detention reaches $90,000 each, it is important to question whether this huge expenditure is worth it. Angus Dobrenov reports.
The issue of asylum seekers, or more specifically ‘boat people’, coming to Australia has been on the political radar since the Vietnam War ended and Malcolm Fraser allowed Indo-Chinese immigration in 1979.
There have been numerous examples of successful Indo-Chinese asylum seekers such as ...view middle of the document...
“When I could smell smoke I realised there was a fire and started screaming.”
Phuong explained her terror and the sacrifice made to save her life. “ I was trapped under falling metal and before my life was about to come to an end, Cang my boyfriend was able to get me out. 25 people died that night including Cang.”
Another common misconception is that Australia already takes too many refugees; in fact Australia receives only a few refugees by the world standards.
During 2001 Australia received only 12,000 refugees through its humanitarian program. This number has remained static for three years, despite the ever-increasing numbers of refugees’ worldwide.
Australia accepted 20,000 refugees each year at the beginning of the 1980’s. According to Amnesty International one in every 115 people on earth are refugees, a new refugee is created every twenty-one seconds.
Refugees re-settle all over the world, however, the distribution of refugees across the world is very unequal. Migrants built the industries of Australia following World War Two and if given the chance these asylum seekers will continue to contribute to Australia’s economy.
The fact that migrants work hard and do not go on unemployment benefits is testament to their willingness to work. Toan Vo explained the incredible work ethic of his parents saying “my father took after his father, he had never believed in the concept of free time” Minh and Hoa worked 18-19 hours a day in a factory in the early days “desperately trying to set up a future for us”.
Another excellent example of successful assimilation is that of the Ngoc family who own Cabramatta’s successful Old Saigon Restaurant. Since 1977 Chien Ngoc and his wife, Kim, have worked 18 hours a day without weekends. Chien proudly stated that they were “putting four girls through high school and our two sons are studying Engineering at the university – this is why we risked everything!” he said.
Many Australians wrongly believe that asylum seekers are here to take our jobs.
When an asylum seeker arrives in Australia, they do not get any Centrelink benefits. While their status is being processed, and if they meet certain criteria, they can be eligible for financial support from the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme, administered...