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Are most asylum seekers and refugees Muslims?

Well, as a matter of fact, most asylum seekers and refugees are not Muslims. But I am sure that many commentators and a lot of the community believe that most are Muslim. The dog-whistlers like Scott Morrison feed on this … Continue reading

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Hazaras in peril. John Menadue

There are an estimated 50,000 persons of Hazara background living in Australia. Many of their relatives and friends are being intimidated and killed regularly in Pakistan. It is not surprising that they are fleeing and paying people smugglers to get … Continue reading

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The Boat People Obsession. John Menadue

The Australian Parliamentary Library has again pointed to our obsession with boat people. In its 11 February 2013 Research Paper”Asylum seekers and refugees, What are the facts”, it highlights (p.8) that despite increases in boat arrivals in recent years, the … Continue reading

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The Pacific Solution has failed. John Menadue

The Government fell for a dud Coalition “policy” that suggested that by re-opening Nauru/Manus the flow of asylum seekers by boat would be reduced or even cease. We recall that many times Tony Abbott said that on becoming Prime Minister, … Continue reading

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The Flow of Asylum Seekers to Australia follows world trends. John Menadue

The Australian Parliamentary Library has just released a Research Paper showing that the flow of asylum seekers to Australia since 1999 follows the trends of asylum flows to OECD countries generally. Reading the Australian media one would think that we … Continue reading

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Confusion and Contradiction on Asylum Seekers in the Community. John Menadue

Arja Keski-Nummi and I have described the services and lack of them for the 12,000 asylum seekers living in the community as ‘Kafkaesque’. The policies and rules concerning these asylum seekers have no sense or logic. Some are living in … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers and Paedophiles. John Menadue

In my blog of March 5 I spoke about the demonization of asylum seekers by Scott Morrison. He has variously alleged that they bring disease, wads of cash and jewellery. He has also called for the registration of asylum seekers … Continue reading

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Prejudice compounded by ignorance. John Menadue

The Scott Morrisons and Ray Hadleys of this world have had a field day vilifying one asylum seeker living in the community who came by boat. The prejudice is bad enough, but their ignorance is just as appalling. In the … Continue reading

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‘I was a stranger and you took me in’. John Menadue

‘I was a stranger and you took me in’ (Matthew 25)  Well not really, according to Scott Morrison. In her article in the SMH on 3 November 2012, Jane Cadzow describes Scott Morrison as ‘a devout Christian who worships at … Continue reading

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The Greens and Asylum Seekers. How the ‘perfect’ became the enemy of the ‘good’.

The policy ‘purity’ of the Greens has helped deliver us Nauru and Manus where asylum seekers are suffering. Furthermore, and as the former Secretary of the Department of Immigration told us last year, the Nauru/Manus approach would not work again … Continue reading

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The asylum seekers that we don’t talk about

In the last ten years, 65,000 asylum seekers have come to Australia. 47,000 or 72% of those came by air. Only 28% came by boat. In the last five years, we received 47,000 asylum seekers, of whom 28,000 or 62% … Continue reading

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New leadership on Asylum seekers

Yesterday, Crikey published an article by Arja Keski-Nummi and me on the opportunities for the new Minister for Immigration to break the impasse on asylum seekers. You can find it at my website johnmenadue.com.

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