Pros And Cons Of Refugees In Australia

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The Australian Government, despite their accomplishment towards repositioning the Asylum Seekers to places other than Australia, will still face dilemmas in years to come, due to the constant concern of the Human Rights being violated by relocating these people while on their journey. Currently, there are many opinions and debates over the famous topic, emphasised in the media for almost half a decade; this is the Asylum Seekers Debate. Asylum seekers or refugee claimants are people who fear persecution in their country of origin and have come to Australia and lodged an application with the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) to be recognised as a refugee in the hope of gaining protection from the Australian Government. …show more content…
To solve this problematic situation, the Federal Government has enforced many laws to deter Asylum seekers from illegally seeking Asylum in Australia. However, the negative impact of the policies put in place, has put into question Human Rights Violations and raised serious concerns for Catholics and others of good will. The issue of refugees has reached unprecedented levels and has been the result of political and social arguments and debates, wars, and internal conflicts around the world, due to people being forced to either migrate or to seek asylum in countries that they do not intend as being their own. The first refugees came from countries in Eastern Europe which had been taken over by the Soviet Union between the 1960s and 1970s. In the later years, refugees came from countries such as Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Greece and Chile, fleeing civil wars and persecution. In 1973, the government took three further steps in the gradual process to remove race as a factor in Australia’s immigration policies. (Centre, 2010) Much has been done to support these refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers. However, fresh movements of forcibly displaced people continue to be created where international measures to deal with the problem have not proved adequate. (ACSJC, 1999) As a wealthy country with a strong democratic tradition, Australia’s present policy towards the treatment of asylum seekers is not