A refugee is defined as a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war or persecution. Since the communist victory in Vietnam in 1975, Australia has become a desirable location for hundreds of thousands of refugees as a result of the pleasant lifestyle and an abundance of employment opportunities. The experiences of Indochinese refugees in the 1970’s and present day refugees contain both similar and contrasting elements. Refugees no longer flee from countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos instead they arrive to Australia from war-ravaged nations in the Middle East such as Iraq and Syria. Nevertheless, these countries are all victims of war and people continue to seek refuge as a consequence of conflict and fear
The resettlement of refugees in Australia is a controversial topic; many people believe that they come here to commit crime, change our culture and steal our jobs. ‘The Happiest Refugee’ has enhanced my belief that refugees should be allowed to live in Australia. I believe that refugees are here to escape war and persecution; they are not criminals, nor do they want to change our culture or steal our jobs. Refugees are generally grateful for their new lives in Australia and they embrace our culture. ‘The Happiest Refugee’ is a source of evidence that supports this.
The media holds great power when it comes to influencing the attitudes of the nation as it is the primary source if information for many Australians. The many forms of media, such as radio, television, and newspapers can also represent Australian values and the state of our society at the present time.
After all wars, there are always large numbers of homeless refugees. Australia has always been seen as a good place to house such refugees, due to it’s size. Socially there has been much unrest in the Australian public to this. The Australian public have seen Asian migrants and refugees as a threat to their jobs, as they work harder for less pay. Post-Vietnam War was no exception, with 70000 Indo-Chinese refugees arriving in Australia since the late 1970’s. Politically the acceptance of war time refugees into Australia, has put the Australian government in a good image with other countries, this acceptance of refugees and migrants has strengthened Australia’s trade ties with other countries introducing large amounts of Capital Revenue.
My first point is about the Australian government and how they spend more money on giving refugees a place to live, than they do looking after Australians that are in need. In the last 2 years they have spent 1.2 billion dollars on offshore detention centres, Manus Island, Naura and Christmas Island. This money was spent on operating the centre, health care, welfare services, food supplies and the security around the facilities. The government is quick to spend all this money on asylum seekers, when there are tens of thousands of homeless, less fortunate and under-privileged people scattered all over Australia. These people struggle to pay bills, rent, get food on the table and even a roof to sleep under. Asylum seekers flee there county with very little, they arrive with clothes and few small items accompanying them, they expect the
As our knowledge of Sierra Leone is very limited. The information which we can obtain in Australia from the newspapers, internet and government can be biased. The fact remains that these refugees arrived lawfully to compete in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. A fair go for refugees is a fair go for all Australians, most of the current arrivals have fled from conflict zones. Very few passed "safe countries" on their way to Australia, as most countries in our region, are not signatory to the Refugee Convention and are well-known for maltreatment of asylum seekers The law at the time was changed by the government to prevent asylum seekers that arrived by boat.
A refugee is defined as an individual who has been forced to leave their country due to political or religious reasons, or due to threat of war or violence. There were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014, 14.4 million under the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), around 2.9 million more than in 2013. The other 5.1 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). With the displacement of so many people, it is difficult to find countries willing to accept all the refugees. There are over 125 different countries that currently host refugees, and with this commitment comes the responsibility of ensuring these refugees have access to
The prominence in relation to Asylum Seekers and Refugees has become a contemporary issue within Australian society and has amounted vast controversy in the media. A Refugee can be defined as a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster as found in the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees, in which Australia is a signatory to. Every refugee has or will be an asylum seeker. An Asylum Seeker is a person who has left their home country as a political refugee seeking asylum in another but has not had their claim assessed. Asylum seekers have experienced serious breaches of their rights, religious freedom and justice to reach safety. If asylum seekers are found to be
Refugee health is a contemporary health phenomenon in Australian public health. Numbers of refugee and asylum seekers are increasing in Australia over the years. Recent data show that in 2012-13 approximately 26,432 applied for the refugee protections, whereas in the year of 2004 only 9221 people applied for the protection. (Refugee council Australia, 2014)
The Australian government is reluctant to take in asylum seekers. Although Australia fully recognises responsibility to admit refugees for resettlement, the government feels that it is spending too much time and money on the issue. The government is already cutting costs towards health and education sectors because Australia is experiencing a downturn in the economic climate. The government is believes that it should not stop supporting its own country just to aid refugees from another country. The government feels as if it needs to look after its own country while still trying to aid asylum seekers. The government will always put above its own nation before trying to help other nations. The government realises that it may have to increase
As mentioned previously, understanding the available services and health care structure within Australia can be difficult for a refugee. Davidson, N., et al. (2004) discussed the difficulties refugees face finding a regular health care provider due to the structure of visa category entitlements provided by the government. This is also compounded by a fundamental distrust of government services within some refugee cultures. Furthermore Correa-Velez, I., et. al (2005) provides more information regarding refugee health policies and access depending on whether they are in an onshore or
This report was commissioned to examine the behaviours and beliefs held by Australians in regards to the people identified as asylum seekers who arrive in Australia in search of humanitarian aid.
Since the Syrian uprising of 2011 against the Al-Assads who have been ruling Syria since 1960, Canada has done everything they can to support the Syrian people. Syria has become the top source of refugees because of the civil war that is happening within Syria between the citizens and the government. The citizens of Syria are now trapped between regime, rebel groups, religious extremists. There are in total, of over 4 million Syrian refugees trying to flee their home as of 2015 because of the cost of living, the civil war, and the rise of jihadists terrorist group ISIS/ISIL. According to the United Nations, 13.5 million people inside Syria need help, including 6.5 million who have been displaced within Syria. It is estimated that there are over 250 000 people who have died in the conflict, with thousands of others wounded. Syrians have fled to camps in neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey and they are taking care of almost 95% of the refugees. Thousands more have journeyed to Europe in search of a better life.
Citizens often thought those people would bring terrorists, unemployment and infrastructure stress. However, refugees will be able to make out importance in affecting the potential social, cultural and economic contributionsupon their area of resettlement. Australia has a long history of accepting refugees for resettlement and over 700 000 refugees. As a consequence, Australia’s offshore humanitarian programme is heralded as one of the best in the world. Accepting more refugees and boat people into the country is one of the greatest contributions that can make to improving the world around us and enhancing our own living standards. In addition, by having more people in country there are more people to cooperate with, more people to trade with and more people to grow the market. They help supply the economy through participating in the labour market and bring with them diversity, new work approaches and funds. As our wealth and economy grows there is more money for the finer things in life.