Friday, 3 February 2017

Boat People

Someone asked why the Australia government didn't just settle the refugees in Australia, instead of seeking a deal to settle them in the US.

Maybe it was because there was a feeling that:

1. Settling boat-people in Australia has been proven to encourage more arrivals by boat

2. Traveling by boat has been proven to put more lives at risk - many have drowned

3. It financially rewards foreign people-smugglers

4. It's unfair on refugees who have applied for asylum through the right channels, it's queue-jumping

5. Infiltration by terrorists is a proven risk

6. Australia already has one of the highest intakes of refugees in the world proportionately

7. The example of Europe's open borders policy is looking threatening

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