Australia Adopts Tough Measures to Curb Asylum Seekers

Article author: 
Matt Siegel
Article publisher: 
New York Times
Article date: 
September 7, 2013
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia moved on Friday to curtail the record number of people trying the dangerous boat journey to claim asylum in the country, pledging that no one who arrives by boat without a visa will ever be granted permission to settle in Australia.

Under the tough policy, all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat will be sent to a refugee-processing center in nearby Papua New Guinea, which like Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention. If the asylum seekers are found to be genuine refugees, they will be resettled in Papua New Guinea, but forfeit any right to asylum in Australia.

Thousands of asylum seekers fly into Indonesia every year, where they pay smugglers to ferry them in often unsafe, overcrowded vessels to Christmas Island, a remote Australian territory in the Indian Ocean that is its nearest point to Indonesia. Accidents at sea have killed more than 600 people since late 2009, and a long-term solution has bedeviled successive Australian governments going back more than a decade.

Mr. Rudd’s announcement came on the same day that Indonesia announced it would stop issuing visas on arrival to Iranians, many of whom use the country as a transit point before seeking asylum in Australia. Foreign Minister Bob Carr of Australia, who has recently argued that Iranians who seek asylum by boat are economic migrants and not genuine refugees, said in an interview last week that Australia would be asking Indonesia for changes like those announced Friday...


CAIRCO Research:

Article "Conservative Landslide in Australian Elections"

"The conservatives won a stunning landslide victory in Australia's national elections, capturing 53% of the vote Saturday. Conservative leaders emphasized a hard line against immigration..

...Asylum and immigration became major factors. Australians are concerned that an influx of asylum seekers are looking to skirt the standard immigration process, leading to a welfare state that is unsustainable by projected tax revenues."

Article "Asylum, Immigration Major Factors in Australian Elections", Sept. 4, 2013

"Half a world away in Australia, asylum and immigration are major election issues, and there appear to be some parallels between the complaints being made down under and the emerging asylum battle here in the United States."

Article: “Lifeboat Australia”—Could Abbott’s Victory Attract Anglosphere Refugees?, Sept. 7, 2013

"As the U.S. is torn by wrangling over the proposed Gang Of Eight Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill Australia has just gone to the polls in a federal election and overthrown a government in a contest that was, most pundits agree, significantly decided by Australia's own problems with illegal immigrants...

The implosion of the Australian Labor Party has been so rancorous and this electoral defeat so decisive—worst in a hundred years—that it is entirely possible it will be banished to the wilderness for a decade or even longer. Illegal immigration could be returned to negligible figures and legal immigration may well be tightened...

In Australia, there now exists a very real opportunity to undo the damage wrought by years of leftist misgovernance and begin to reverse the corrosive Cultural Marxism that has been eating into Australian cultural, academic and entertainment life...

Australia is keenly aware of the pressures unconstrained immigration places on their population. Australia rescinded birthright citizenship in 2007, as did New Zealand in 2006, Ireland in 2005, France in 1993, and the United Kingdom in 1983. This leaves the United States and Canada as the only remaining industrialized nations to grant automatic citizenship to every person born within the borders of the country, irrespective of their parents' nationality or immigration status. 

See CAIRCO resources on refugee resettlement.

Refugee Resettlement Watch monitors resettlement of foreign nationals / communities / tribes forced upon unsuspecting American communities. These resettlement programs are funded almost entirely by government grants issues to non-profits such as religious groups.

See The Social Contract Summer, 2013 issue: Resettlement Racket for many pertinent articles on refugee resettlement forced upon American communities.