The Courier-Mail

Germany welcomes refugees

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migrants from Europe over 7 years.

mostly Vietnamese refugees resettled between 1975 and 1985. In 1989, Prime Minister Bob Hawke offered refugee status to the Chinese students in Australia. ment on the options Mr Dutton will discuss with the UNHCR.

But The Courier-Mail can reveal one of those options will be a temporary protection visa that could place limits on where people can live and require them to return home in the future.

The plan could place limits on their access to social security and health care and work rights.

“Germany and France are taking people on those sort of temporary safe-haven arrangemen­ts until things can

Kosovars were given temporary refugee status for three months in 1999.

East Timorese were taken in by Australia after the East Timor crisis in 1975. stabilise,” Mr Dutton said. He said this was “basically the Kosovo model” used by Australia of “a safe-haven visa as opposed to a permanent humanitari­an visa”.

Australia accepted about 4000 people from Kosovo and refugee camps in Macedonia in 1999 but only offered shortterm refuge and forced them to return home about three months later.

Refugee advocates say a similar plan would not work for Syria because of the extent of destructio­n in that country. GERMANY is preparing for hundreds more refugees to arrive from Hungary via Austria today, a day after thousands were greeted, often by volunteers holding signs that read “Welcome to Germany”.

The most populous EU nation – which this year expects to take in a record 800,000 people – has seen an unpreceden­ted volunteer effort to help the newcomers. On Saturday alone about 8000 migrants crossed into Germany.

While the nation has seen ugly xenophobic rallies and attacks against foreigners, there has also been an outpouring of support, donations and volunteer efforts by people who believe Germany, given its dark history and current wealth, has a special obligation to help refugees.

 ??  ?? RELIEF: A mum and child arrive at Munich’s main train station; and refugees walk to the HungarianA­ustrian border (main).
RELIEF: A mum and child arrive at Munich’s main train station; and refugees walk to the HungarianA­ustrian border (main).

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