The Australian Government has made it clear that anyone who gets to come here under our generous new refugee placements will be:
- character checked
- criminal history and security checked
- given preferential treatment if from a persecuted minority in Syria, e.g. Christians
- in a country adjacent to the situation they're fleeing and not country-shopping
- automatically excluded if they've used the services of people smugglers
Here's what happens when, like Labor and The Greens you allow all and sundry to arrive at will.
Here's The Australian's story on our plans to help out:
Syrian migrant crisis: Refugees face character, crime checks
- THE AUSTRALIAN
- SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 12:00AM
Refugees arriving in Australia under the government’s Syrian response will face strict character, health and national security checks before being sent to areas where they are expected to have the most community support.
The 12,000 refugees will be predominantly from religious minority groups, with the government advising the UN it wants to take women, children and families.
Tony Abbott has written to state and territory leaders to pursue a co-ordinated response to the expected intake, which combined with the existing quota will see almost 25,000 offshore humanitarian visas granted within the next 10 months.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister said the government’s “generous” response would need to be supported by the states. “This is a burden that must be shared by all governments and by the wider community,” he said.
The refugees who arrive will be granted permanent residency, allowing them work rights, access to welfare benefits and the public health and education system.
The resettlement program is expected to cost $700 million over the next four years, which includes the cost of the new arrivals drawing down welfare benefits before they are able to find work.
An additional $44m from the government’s emergency aid budget will go to the UNHCR to help 240,000 people with food, shelter, cash and other necessities. Government officials say some of the aid money will also go to displaced people within Syria.