A possie in Aussie

May 6, 2009

Leaky boats, freezing vegetables: we won’t keep them away

Let’s put Asylum seekers rescued from leaky boat (Channel Nine News) into perspective.

This, and many other news outlets, are reporting that about 50 asylum seekers have been picked up by an Australian navy boat off the northwest coast, the 11th vessel to be intercepted this year.

And, of course, (yawn) Malcolm Turnbull is saying the same thing:

“We know that people smugglers have received the message that our policies, Mr Rudd’s policies, are soft and that we’ve become a soft target”.

Now, here is some perspective:

The Globe and Mail has also just published a story about ‘floods’ of asylum seekers: Migrants flood into Greece – then try to sneak out

The port city of Patras is the unwilling home to about 4,000 Afghan men living rough in the streets.

They have been dumped there by people smugglers, and try anything to get from there to other countries in Europe:

“They cling to the undersides of tractor-trailers being loaded onto ships and ferries. They sneak into refrigerated trucks, shivering among crates of vegetables. They seal themselves into false-bottom cubbyholes in the backs of vans. Some are caught before they make the crossing. Some die of suffocation in their airless hiding places.”

“You can’t keep them away. They come back,” said Alexandros Zavos, president of the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute, a think tank in Athens. “What can you do?” he added, “Build more jails, more camps, camps for 200,000 people? That’s unimaginable.”

Even right wing P J O’Rourke  seems sick of the nasty and dumb anti-boat people rhetoric:

“I really believe in immigration … Let them in. Let them in. These people are assets. [O]ne or two of them might not be, but you can sort them out later … Oh, I think conservatives are getting this wrong all over the world, I really do.” J Bishop gets the right stuff from P J O’Rourke

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  1. […] What’s a ‘possie’? Leaky boats, freezing vegetables: we won’t keep them away […]

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