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2019-07-30 Down Under
Hundreds of refugees protest outside Australian Parliament
[IsraelTimes] Conservative governments have cracked down on refugee entry, replacing permanent visas with temporary ones and refusing asylum to those who arrive by boat.

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside Australia’s Parliament House on Monday, saying they wanted to highlight the uncertain futures of many refugees since the government replaced permanent protection visas with temporary visas.

The protesters were from Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Somalia and included Rohingya Moslems from Myanmar. Most were in Australia on three-year visas or five-year visas that are available to refugees who agree to live outside the major cities.

Such refugees lose their visas if they to return to their homelands to visit family.

"The circumstances of the temporary visas are onerous as well as a bureaucratic nightmare," Refugee Action Coalition front man Ian Rintoul said. "People are effectively in limbo in that [they] are indefinitely separated from partners and from children as well as brothers and sisters."

The temporary visas were introduced when the conservative government was first elected in 2013 as a way of deterring asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat. Refugees who do not arrive by boat are entitled to permanent protection visas.

Some asylum seekers who arrived by boat as far back as 2012 were only allowed to apply for refugee visas last year, Rintoul said.

When visas expired, some were not renewed in cases where the government decided that conditions the refugees had fled in their homelands had improved. Refugees who were refused visa extensions included Sri Lankans and some Iraqis, Rintoul said.

Chanting "eight years is too long" and "justice for refugees," most of the 1,000 protesters had driven 650 kilometers (400 miles) from the city of Melbourne to demonstrate, Rintoul said.

Heydar Aftahi, an Iranian Kurd, said he arrived in Australia by boat in 2010 and had his permanent residency visa canceled in May. He faces deportation despite having an Australian citizen wife and a 4-year-old Australian son.

The 36-year-old Sydney interpreter said he was fighting for a visa in the Federal Court, but the government had refused him a bridging visa while his case was heard because he arrived by boat.

"I have no visa at all, having an Australian wife and an Australian son and I have to shut down my business as well," Aftahi said outside Parliament House.

"It’s discrimination just because I came by boat. They prevent me from applying for any other visa," he added.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined to meet a delegation of protesters led by Iraqi Council Melbourne president Samir Kafaji in Parliament House. But two politicians from the opposition Labor Party, which opposes temporary visas, agreed to speak to the delegates.

The government toughened its policy against boat arrivals in 2013, banning any asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by water from ever settling there.

The boats have since all but stopped, after arriving at a rate of more than one a day.

Those arriving by boat since 2013 have been banished to immigration camps in the poor Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru, where hundreds still languish.

The United States agreed to resettle up to 1,250 of these refugees. The Australian government said last week that 585 refugees had since found new homes in the United States under the agreement.
Posted by trailing wife 2019-07-30 00:33|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6477 views ]  Top
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#1 Sounds like they exist upon Australian backs. Maybe they should find somewhere else to exist.
Imagine travelling halfway around the world to escape? It's more likely these are escaping having to exist under their own efforts AKA economic migrants.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-07-30 03:03||   2019-07-30 03:03|| Front Page Top

#2 glad too hear they resettled over 500 here. sarc/
Posted by chris 2019-07-30 07:53||   2019-07-30 07:53|| Front Page Top

#3 If they return to their home countries to visit family, then by definition they are not in fear for their lives. Wotta scam. Bring lots of Aus Dollars.
Posted by Varmint Omong7168 2019-07-30 13:20||   2019-07-30 13:20|| Front Page Top

#4 Maybe they could resettle them all in the central desert regions. There aren't any Australians living there to complain, and they would all be dead within a year as well, so everybody wins. Including Australia's multitude of hungry and horrific monsters.
Posted by Vernal Hatrick 2019-07-30 13:23||   2019-07-30 13:23|| Front Page Top

#5 The United States agreed to resettle up to 1,250 of these refugees. Why/How in the world did this happen?
Posted by Eohippus Shaque6976  2019-07-30 19:11||   2019-07-30 19:11|| Front Page Top

#6 An Obama parting gift.
Posted by Vespasian Joter2895 2019-07-30 19:56||   2019-07-30 19:56|| Front Page Top

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