A possie in Aussie

January 26, 2009

Asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and keeping the peace

Filed under: immigration detention — Nayano @ 2:22 pm
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About 600 migrants and refugees broke out of an overcrowded immigration facility on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa last Saturday to protest their treatment.They forced open the gates at the facility and marched toward the center of the island ….and what did they do? Rioted? Took over the town? Raped and pillaged?

They staged a peaceful protest, which locals joined in (!) and then went back to the camp -without coercion.

This reminds me of the break out from the detention camp at Woomera in outback South Australia in June 2000 when about the same number of detainees, when they reached the centre of the town, staged a non-violent protest.

The report from Italy contrasts with reports from France which claim that more than 1,000 cars were torched on New Year by what Time Magazine names as residents of ‘unemployment-racked, racially tense banlieues’. The blogger at Atlas Shrugs is somewhat less careful of ethnic stereotyping and headlines her post with Muslims torch 1,100+ cars.

I am not quite sure what to make of all this.

In a recent posting I reported that  immigrants of all kinds, including the illegal, are less likely to be involved in crime than others. Even when ‘illegals’ forcibly break out of detention centres they seem to have done so as non-violently as possible. Is France the exception to the rule?


1 Comment »

  1. […] a couple of weeks ago A Possie in Aussie reported that residents of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa had joined with detainees (who had escaped!) to […]

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