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Refugees on hunger strike in Australia

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posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 03:30 AM
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Around 100 asylum seekers currently held at the Christmas Island detention centre have launched a hunger strike due to being informed that they were being moved to the Pacific Islands of Nauru and Manus.


Under new legislation passed by parliament this month asylum-seekers who arrive by boat will be sent to either Nauru or Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for indefinite periods while their visas are assessed.

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Australia actually accepted 40,320 asylum seekers in 2011 (Link) but has been overwhelmed by the large numbers who appear to resemble economic migrants rather than genuine asylum seekers.

I was under the impression that under international law, asylum seekers have a duty to seek refuge in the nearest safe state, yet in July 2005, 32 asylum seekers in Nauru consisted of 16 Iraqis, 11 Afghans, 2 Iranians, 2 Bangladeshis and 1 Pakistani (Link).

Is it the free housing and social security that makes Australia such a popular destination for asylum seekers to travel half way around the world seeking 'sanctuary' perhaps?






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posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 03:57 AM
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Who wouldn't want to come here?
If they knew about drop bears they wouldn't be so keen..



posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 05:21 AM
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asylum seekers my butt. Family of four costs about $50000.00 to get here. Now what are the two ways of making that sort of money in these countries. Drugs and gun running. I would prefer if they stayed home. I think our Govt is slowly waking up to the threat some of these asylum seekers are to Australia.

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posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 06:59 AM
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I have no problem with people coming to Australia to live if they can contribute to the country either as skilled workers or as skilled professional people. These people come through the correct channels, waiting their turn to emigrate here.
I have a problem with people who have little English, no skills and are only going to burden us taxpayers by going on the dole if they cant find meaningful employment.
I feel sorry for those from war-torn countries and believe we can certainly accommodate some of them.
The boat people situation is difficult and neither government has truly offered a solution. Most are trying to escape poverty, it is a sad situation.



posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 07:06 AM
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Let them go on their hunger strike, I personally find Australia's immigration policy of putting them on those islands to be a perfect solution. Here in Canada, we allow them to go anywhere they want and typically they end up taking off - then they start to feed off the system.



posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 07:23 AM
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Originally posted by ollncasino
Is it the free housing and social security that makes Australia such a popular destination for asylum seekers to travel half way around the world seeking 'sanctuary' perhaps?



I think it would also help if one of the rules about accepting refuge in a foreign country, is that you LOSE such status as soon as you visit your homeland again.


The report in question is a government survey, asking landed Tamil refugees if they ever visit Sri Lanka. An overwhelming majority of respondents, 71 percent, said that they do visit their former homes on occasion, prompting many to question how much persecution the refugees are actually facing back home.

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posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 07:40 AM
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i give it about 10 minutes until some greenie shows up here with the racist card and shoots this thread down with the "i love multiculture in my town, it is the answer to the future" lines that spout from lefties mouths.
i suggest all interested should read this en.wikipedia.org... thoroughly and read the bit where it says., if a refugee crosses one border then they are classed as an asylum seeker , but if they cross more than one border, then they become an illegal refugee. find it!

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and this oneen.wikipedia.org...
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posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 07:46 AM
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All it would take is to unsign ourselves from the Refugee Convention or whatever it was we signed up to all those years ago.
I find it incredible that our rights are signed away so readily and yet this one thing that has become a thorn in our side is left to continue unabated.
The politicians WANT this problem to continue to take our eyes off the REAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS who over stay visas and disappear into the woodwork.

And yes I agree with the poster who said that those who get asylum should be banned from being able to visit their homeland for a period of 20 years.
The fact they scramble back there the minute they acquire an Australian Passport speaks volumes.
If your at threat of being killed, you wouldn't go back.

And how on earth they can justify fleeing over to the other side of the world with so many safe havens along the way just highlights how we are being taken for mugs.

I'm sure the illegal arrival by boat could be written out of our asylum obligations quite easily. But I've often wondered who the politicians are trying to appease with the continuance of it as the numbers are a very small minority. The only thing I can come up with is it's a useful tool to obscure other goings on that would indignate the population ,of our true illegal immigrant numbers.



posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 08:38 AM
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Originally posted by pheonix358
asylum seekers my butt. Family of four costs about $50000.00 to get here. Now what are the two ways of making that sort of money in these countries. Drugs and gun running. I would prefer if they stayed home.



I think our Govt is slowly waking up to the threat some of these asylum seekers are to Australia.

I think our Government knows how much of a threat the Asylum Seekers are to Australia, hence the ASIO screening. Personally, i think ASIO is doing an awesome job at screening the Asylum Seekers (as it would be a tough job i'd imagine).

Regardless of ASIO's attempt to refuse entry to criminals or terrorists, it is inevitable that potential trouble makers will get through...

It doesn't help that the Government prefers to put the asylum seekers and other immigrants into respective neighbourhoods, which inevitably causes a secluded and culturally different sub-society. This is a problem, as the immigrants then do not feel the need to integrate, thus feeling superior to other races around them. This then leads to racial tension and discrimination, which in turn leads to increased violence and crime rates...



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