Wouldn't have anything to do with the benefits of living in a Western society now, would it?
I've mentioned in the past about one of our specific benficiaries. My figures were only hypothetical based upon the figures available at the time.
Let's face it, here in Oz, there is a lot of largesse to go around.
For example, I always thought an asylum seeker was the same as a refugee, but apparently not:
So let me get this straight... some refugees can't seek assistance in a neighbouring country so have to move a few countries across and go for asylum, yes?Refugees
As outlined above, refugees are victims of persecution who have been recognised as fitting the definition of a refugee contained in the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, to which Australia is a signatory. Click here for more details.Asylum Seekers
For some of the world's refugee population it is either impractical or impossible to go first to a neighbouring country and then to seek resettlement from there. This could be because the neighbouring countries are not signatories to the international laws that would ensure their protection in these countries (few countries in this region, for instance, are signatories to the Refugee Convention). It could also be because they would not be safe in a neighbouring country, in particular if that country was sympathetic to the persecutory regime. In these cases, individuals may choose to try to go directly to a country, such as Australia, where they can seek protection.
Such people are called asylum seekers. Those who come to Australia have usually entered with a visitors', student or other temporary visa. Some arrive with no documents or with false documents.
Arriving without appropriate papers should not be interpreted as an attempt to defraud the system. By definition, refugees are people who are at risk of persecution. In most cases, the agent of persecution is their government. Applying for a passport and/or an exit visa can be far too dangerous for some refugees; so too can be an approach to an Australian Embassy for a visa. These actions can put their lives, and those of their families, at risk. In such cases refugees may have to travel on forged documents or bypass regular migration channels and arrive without papers.[emphasis added]
This means to flee Afghanistan, a person has to travel (if we're going by land) through: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia before boarding a rickety skiff to hopefully reach mainland Australia.
That's a lot of countries with islamic cultures, when you consider that people tend to prefer their own culture.
So what is it about Oz that's so damned attractive?
Lots of free services, paid for by the taxpayers to make you feel at home?
Groups to help with housing, employment, and legal issues.
The money is enough to live on, especially when you count in all the concessions. There's a reason that the concession card from Centrelink is fondly known as a Gold Card, adn when you've got plenty of people falling over themselves in order to feel like they're doing good in the world, it's got to be a nice space to be in.
Refugees are creating a soaring welfare headache for taxpayers with the total annual cost of Centrelink benefits up nearly 40 per cent to an estimated $628 million in just two years.
Figures obtained from Centrelink following a Freedom of Information request show there were 52,469 refugees on the various categories of refugee visas in reciept of the aged pension, Disability Support Pension, Austudy, Newstart or the Youth Allowance as at June 30, 2009.
An Immigration Department spokesman said that just 3 per cent of those in reciept of a Newstart Allowance as at June 30, 2009 were refugees, while only about 3.5 per cent of Youth Allowance payment were refugees.
There were 52,469 refugee visa holders on Centrelink benefits as at June 30, 2009:
21,422 were on Newstart
13,582 were on the Youth Allowance
9881 were on the Disability Support Pension
5488 were on the aged pension
2096 were on Austudy
There were also 4324 Baby Bonus payments
There were 40,151 refugee visa holders on Centrelink benefits as at June 30, 2007:
15,750 were on Newstart
11,142 were on Youth Allowance
7350 were on Disability Support Pension
4410 were on Aged Pension
1499 were on Austudy
There were also 2796 Baby Bonus payments (source)