Australia’s presents have a very negative opinion about the asylum seekers coming to Australia. However, genuine asylum seekers are ought to be welcome in Australia due to the reasons of Australia’s offshore humanitarian resettlement program, the government new military Operation Sovereign Border security and also Australian immigration policy falling under the Migration Act of 1958.
An Asylum seeker is a person who has fled their own country and applied for protection as a refugee. The United Nations defines who is a refugee and sets out the basic rights that countries should guarantee to refugees. According to the Convention, a refugee is a person who is outside their own country and is unable or unwilling to return due to a well- founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationally, member of a particular social group or political opinion.
The majority of people in need of protection in Australia are resettled from other countries through Australia’s offshore humanitarian resettlement program. In 2010-11 program years, 65per cent of visas were granted to people offshore under the offshore humanitarian resettlement program. However, several thousands of people already in Australia make applications for protection each year. These include people who arrived lawfully and who have been staying in the Australian community, and people who have arrived unlawfully in Australia by sea or air.
The government new military Operation Sovereign Border security creatively to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea. It was Prime Minister John Howard who declared that ‘we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.’ This was a statement of national sovereignty and the need for Australia to control the borders. The preserve the honesty of the immigration program, particularity in relation to our refugee and special humanitarian program. Australia chooses to provide the support to genuine asylum seekers