Political debate over asylum seekers

Asylum seekers in immigration detention centres receive a small allowance but do not receive Centrelink equivalent payments. The Government notes the term illegal may more appropriately apply to those without a valid visa who are not seeking protection, such as visa overstayers. Eighty per cent of the world's refugees are hosted in the developing world, so the burden of assisting the world's asylum seekers and refugees actually falls to some of the world's poorest countries.

I guess the answer to that question is no.

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Diversity is our strength WelcomeToCanada. Border crossers formed a minority of the 50, total asylum seekers last year, a figure which surpassed the previous high ofwhich at the time had prompted Canada to ink the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States in hopes of limiting northbound surges.

How many asylum seekers that come to Australia then become refugees?

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Boat arrivals comprise just less than half of onshore asylum seekers in Australia. Once granted refugee status, former asylum seekers are entitled to the same benefits as any other permanent Australian resident. Ms Gillard has acknowledged that in , Australia only received 0. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has vowed to "stop the boats" through offshore processing, bringing back temporary protection visas and turning back asylum seeker boats where possible. How much does the Government spend on asylum seekers? We looked at transcripts from the parliamentary record over three periods: , , and Payments are equivalent to 89 per cent of the Centrelink Newstart Allowance. Postscript: This blog is based on the contents of a draft paper by the authors, currently awaiting peer review. Up until , only a small proportion of asylum applicants in Australia arrived by boat - most arrived by air with a valid visa and then went on to pursue asylum claims. The Government notes the term illegal may more appropriately apply to those without a valid visa who are not seeking protection, such as visa overstayers. In comparison, it is estimated that in over 72, asylum seekers arrived by boat on the coasts of Italy, Spain, Greece and Malta. The Government is stepping up efforts to process asylum seekers offshore, and has recently negotiated a refugee swap deal with Malaysia. Many asylum seekers are not in a position to join this queue and instead find protection by crossing a border. The focus of the Immigration Department has clearly changed over this ten-year period. They also receive short-term assistance aimed at helping them settle effectively.

Asylum seekers last drew public attention—and rapid government response—inwhen Tamil migrants in a ship called the Sun Sea were quarantined outside Vancouver.

Research I have conducted with Liam Magee and Shanthi Robertson from Western Sydney University has examined how Australian politicians have played a role in shaping the public discourse on boats and asylum seekers over the years.

But it is difficult to put a dollar figure on the cost of processing asylum seekers and keeping them in detention as Australia's policies are not encapsulated as a single program.

Conservatives may not have had to push the security angle, which Canadians seem to already have front of mind. Around 40 per cent of asylum seekers who arrive by plane are granted asylum, compared to 85 to 90 per cent of those who arrive by boat.

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‘Boat people’ and borders: changing political debate on asylum seekers