The asylum seeker “issue”
The Labor Party’s ingenious plan to transfer all future asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea may prove to be an election winner (remember John Howard and Tampa?).
Much will depend on how well the Government responds to criticism over the next few weeks. While the debate goes on, we should remember:
- There has been an increase in the number of people seeking asylum around the world in the last 3 years
- Most refugees end up living in developing countries. For example, 90% of Afghan refugees live in Pakistan or Iran
- Industrialised countries are expected to take some of these numbers of people
- Australia is not in the top 10 of countries accepting asylum seekers
- Four countries in the top 10 have populations at least 50% lower than Australia (Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria)
The asylum seeker issue is a global issue. Ideally we should be working towards international and regional responses.
We should all be working together to make this world of ours a better place – this is the Samaritans vision.