Im­mi­gra­tion in the global spot­light

GQ (Australia) - - NEWS -

Last year our pop­u­la­tion grew slower than it has in a decade, at just 1.35 per cent, with fewer mi­grants mov­ing here. That’s partly thanks to our in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for wel­com­ing them as warmly as the KKK em­brace black mem­bers, and also be­cause of the fal­ter­ing min­ing industry. The gov­ern­ment also chipped in by abol­ish­ing cer­tain types of skilled mi­gra­tion visas, telling 16,000 peo­ple that their ap­pli­ca­tions never ex­isted. Else­where, the United Na­tions called us out over poli­cies and even post­poned a planned visit in protest at cer­tain pro­vi­sions in the Aus­tralian Bor­der Force Act. And then the UN of­fi­cial charged with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the hu­man rights of asy­lum seek­ers on Nauru and Manus Is­land didn’t see the point of com­ing when our laws made it il­le­gal for any­one to tell him any­thing. Nice work Aus­tralia.

THE GQ INSIGHT: With the world fac­ing the largest refugee cri­sis since World War II, Aus­tralians forced the hand of the then Ab­bott gov­ern­ment to change its pol­icy on tak­ing in Syr­ian refugees. Big T went from his fall­back, “we’re full”, to wel­com­ing 12,000. Which would be im­pres­sive had Ger­many not agreed to house 800,000.

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