We are told that Australia is the “blessed country”. A country where our most appealing asset is our multicultural community and diverse society. In our anthem, we sing: “for those who come across the seas, we’ve boundless plains to share”. Ironically, this line is in the second verse, which most people barely ever sing. Perhaps this reveals the true attitude Australia has towards asylum seekers. People who flee from countries which are oppressing them, escaping for their lives. Australia’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and the mandatory detention policy means that asylum seekers are locked in a detention centre until they are processed, which can take years.
The sources cited suggest that due to the large number of refugees and asylum seekers, governments of developed countries have implemented policies to deter people from seeking asylum such as immigration detention policies, strict visa restrictions, rigorous border checks and the stopping of voyages of vessels suspected of carrying smuggled asylum seekers (Silove et al. 2000). The refugees and asylum seekers go through tremendous amount of mental suffering and the worst affected are small children and adolescents. Families entering the refuge countries suffer from displacement and separation, grief and mental agony, gross violence in their countries of origin and are needy, helpless and vulnerable who need to be taken care of. Australia for example has ratified numerous
In Australia, refugees and asylum seekers are treated like the enemy in a war: the target of a highly resourced, military-led “deterrence” strategy complete with arbitrary detainment, detention camps, guards to terrorise them, forced deportations and the violent suppression of those who protest. Australia is failing to meet the standards required when regarding the treatment of asylum seekers. It is fact that asylum seekers make up less than 3% of Australia’s annual immigration yet the idea is being distorted to that of which they will overpopulate a country that prides itself on being a multicultural society. I want to shed light on the misconception that asylum seekers are not ‘legal’ when in actual fact it is a human right to seek freedom.
Not only that, but they do it by the millions, moving in independent crowds step by step on the grounds that there is security (Acuesta, 2017). The explanations for their movement include issues such as social, racial, religious and political persecution, war, climate change, hunger and gender orientation. These vulnerable refugees have no other choice than to seek protection and we are denying their human rights and stripping away their human dignity. A United Nations Refugee Agency survey conducted in Australia in 2011 showed that 35% of people favoured turning back boats or detention of arrivals and deportation, while only 22% favoured eligibility for permanent settlement. Clearly there is much controversy surrounding this issue as it can create many effects within a nations, both positive and negative. Disputes about the Refugee influxes include racial discrimination, displacement of people, homelessness, overpopulation and many more however along with these come positive effects that migrants have on a nation, such as enhancing our vibrant multicultural population, introducing skills and capital introduced into Australia, new businesses developed by refugees, refugees contributions to technology and increased access to and knowledge of international business
Every refugee was once an asylum seeker, people seem to think that they are the same types of people where as an asylum seeker is someone who was forced to flee from his or her country – like refugees – and are trying to seek protection, but whose case for a refugee status has not yet been evaluated. Another difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee is if a refugee is seen or found by a person of the Australian Government, that government member cannot force them to go back to their country. But if an asylum seeker was caught a government member could send them back to their country, as they do not have the official paperwork to be an Australian
America is one the greatest experiments in freedom and liberty history has ever known. We are a nation that was built on the minds and ideals of immigrants. Our Founding Fathers created America so that everyone could have a chance at "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Those are aspects of my country, I would never change because they are what make us unique. The glow of America casts a ripple of hope upon those who struggle. Those who live among poverty and violence look to America and see a wonderful country filled with opportunity. However, in recent months, America has become a laughingstock, a joke. Donald Trump, as well as many conservative Republicans would like to would like to build a wall separating America from Mexico, limit a woman’s choices, and deny current citizens basic psychological and physical assistance. We should work towards building human connections, not walls. Our future president will have the power to implement an immigration policy and make decisions that will effect the immigrants who currently reside within our borders. As a woman, I believe that my rights should not be determined by some man in Washington DC. Instead, everyone should be entitled to their own opinion. Abortions and contraceptives are not procedures or medications that women usually advertise and frankly, it is none of government’s business what women choose to do with their own bodies. They are not the property of men or the
Hundreds of years ago, people used to believe that the earth was flat, but with the research and technology, we were able to find out that it is a perfect sphere. Aliens run along those same lines. Even with all the technology today, there is still no definite answer if we are alone in this massive universe or not. There is so much controversy weather or not aliens exist.
I have never lived away from home before attending college, so at times I feel homesick for the luxuries my family home provided me with. For example, I greatly miss my cats, my sister, having a private kitchen and bathroom, access to a car, and our spacious backyard. I often cannot wait to go home as I know all these things await me. I even frequently complain about missing these aspects of my life. For the millions of people displaced across the globe the feelings I have are massively multiplied as they are not just away from their home for a few months, but instead forced to abandon their homes forever. The human rights film that I watched was Human Flow, and the main topic discussed was the life and perils of people forcibly displaced from
This analysis looks at refugees and the social justice issue of Australia’s discriminatory treatment of refugees traveling to Australia seeking asylum. Australia’s current treatment of Asylum seekers includes taking them from an already extremely stressful environment and detaining them in remote detention facilities where they have limited interaction with family and friends. In some instances, this includes children and young people.
‘The Tampa Decision: Examining the Australian Government’s prerogative power to detain and expel unlawful non-citizens in 2001’
This stanza is implying that all refugees have no English background and therefore cannot "distinguish ESL from RSL". They are completely degrading refugee’s ability to learn a new language and judging their educational abilities based on their past experiences and culture. The poem also mentions in stanza 5 that refugee children have no respect for "institutions". Just because these children may have come from a predominantly violent culture, it does not mean that they have no respect or manners. As a culture, Australia needs to encourage refugees as much as possible. Australians need to help refugees learn our culture and language, without degrading and eroding their culture and language. Just because Australians are blessed to be able to have a decent education from a young age, it doesn't mean that refugees are denied any opportunity for a successful
The arrival of asylum seekers’ to Australia from other countries is a controversial issue dividing public opinion. Cartoonist, Pat Campbell, in the cartoon “Global Warming/Refugees Cartoon” from The National Times, shows his point of view on refugees as being a strong issue that can happen anywhere, even in the artic with animals. His point of view shows is that most people in Australia are treating refugees like animals treat each other and it is wrong. The author sees the treatment of the refugees as wrong and that they are being treated wrong and without respect. He also shows his point of view on global warming and how it is a growing issue. His point of view is clearly shown using irony, hyperbole and visual metaphor. The cartoon can be interpreted as different things depend on the readers, values and beliefs.
Post colonialism is a relatively new concept of international relations. It appeared in the 1990s after that of theories of feminism which will be competitively analysed in this case study of the Stolen Generation phenomenon. Post colonialism theory has long played a significant role in literary studies, cultural and anthropological studies but its recent introduction into international relations shows an important theoretical shift. The postcolonial theory in international relations draws upon the existing writings of feminism, Marxism and post modernism. With its main focuses being gender, race and class and their relation to power (Chowdhry and Nair,
Contrary to popular belief, migrants are not diseased people; however, the actual process of migrating, depending on the conditions encountered, makes migrants particularly susceptible to physical, environmental, social and psychological problems.5 In short, the migration process makes migrants and refugees vulnerable. Infectious and communicable diseases may spread in conditions where health hygiene and sanitation are poor. Likewise, the incidence of non-communicable diseases may be distributed inequitably due to the stresses of migration and the lack of access to the necessary medical services both in the countries of origin and the receiving states. Psychosocial illnesses like anxiety and depression from traumatic experiences, for example war, may lead to migrants having problems with substance abuse. To further compound their quandaries, migrants and refugees face stark differences in cultures, racism and language barriers, which are all barricades to their integration into the receiving societies.6