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The Immigration Debate

Updated on July 1, 2013
Risking life.
Risking life.

The Immigration Debate

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


The immigration debate has been a major issue in Australian politics for some time. Not the normal course of applying for and eventually emigrating to our shores, but the influx of asylum seekers or boatpeople as they are known, whose numbers have increased to an unacceptable level.

Being close to southern Asia, Australia is a destination for people who have fled the problems and inequities of their own countries, seeking a new life. During the Howard administration the policies that govern such illegal entries controlled the influx with around 50 people a year arriving on our shores by boats launched from Malaysia and Indonesia. Now under a Labour government, who changed those policies, the numbers of illegal immigrants by boat have increased to over 4,000. These people are so desperate to live here they risk their lives, pay the smugglers their life’s savings and would suicide rather than go back.

We now have detention centres filled with these people, who demonstrate, riot and go on hunger strikes because the wheels of processing their status is too slow. These people are small in number considering that over 53,000 people are illegal in Australia, having overstayed their visas. But the publicity and dramatics of the boatpeople’s plight raises the whole issue into contention.

Firstly, the whole idea of immigration is to ad value to our country, for people to live here, work and prosper as families and to add to the wealth and positive future of our nation. Australia is a multicultural country that has always welcomed immigrants to share our lifestyle and work for the common good. There have always been racial issues, as you would expect in blending cultures, but eventually immigrants become Aussies. First the English, then Italians and Greeks and now Asians come to Australia to work for better lives and a better future. But where do we draw the line?

The open door policy in England has had a negative affect on that country, creating ghettos and enclaves and racial division. Immigration can only work with assimilation, the melding of cultures. Australia cannot afford to just open the door to anyone, regardless of circumstance. Even now, the asylum seeker intake is costing Australia a fortune. These people do not work and something like 90% remain on welfare for at least five years. That is a huge drain on the public purse.

So how do we discern the people that qualify for immigration status, and how do we judge on humanitarian grounds, the real refugees. The boatpeople discard all their identification, before leaving port and this is one reason their status takes so long to establish.

We are lucky to live in a country like Australia, but opening the doors to just anybody is counterproductive and will eventually change our society and the freedoms and lifestyle we now enjoy. There are always going to be countries that are socially and culturally less that we enjoy. That mere fact should not automatically place those citizens under the category of refugee, just because they would like a better life. One has to have compassion, but practically, there has to be limits.

If a country like Australia simply opened the doors, we would be flooded with immigrants. Generally they would not assimilate and would create cultural divisions, in the end creating a country with problems much like the ones these people left. In short, Australia would be no more. If immigrants refuse to assimilate, they should not be accepted into our society, regardless of circumstance.

Our Government has a responsibility to its constituents to preserve our lifestyle and the accepted structure of our society. Any act that countermands that responsibility should not be accepted and should be made to suffer the political consequence. Governments that fail us on this issue will not remain in government for long.

Australia gives huge amounts of financial and physical aid to poor countries, and those in political crisis or famine, having suffered natural disasters or whatever. It is not our responsibility to change those inhabitants’ lives by giving them clear passage to live here. This is not dispassionate, simply practical, and our government must get this right.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Point taken Mark. Thanks for your input.

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      Mark 

      6 years ago

      Defend Aus at all costs the UK is a mess a persons colour does not matter but some cultures 1 in particular do nothing but ruin every where they turn up.the use of racism is a major tactic used by people trying to turn a good free country into the same c##p hole that they left.

      If you wish to argue this come and look at parts of the UK.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I agree there are policies that must change regarding immigration and access to this beautiful country, and it is unfair and driven by politics. Australia is a multicultural country and access should be fair and equitable, allowing people in who will respect and add to our culture. Thanks for your comments.

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      Perry 

      6 years ago

      Iam married to a lady from the Philippines and she has a 14 year old daughter that speeks 5 driffent languges play panio and gauitar ,wants to be a laywer and knows who discovered australia in 1770 over 80% of 14 year old kids in australia dont know that this i 1 of the issues with immigration as they say she only wants to abuse the system ha ha than there is my wife she can nopt get a visa because she doesnt work. TRhat has nothing to do with immigration or any one else in australia. They didnt want to process the daughters visa in the Philippines as it was to hard but are now in the process of processing it because I gave them the oportion of processing it or give back all my money or I would bring them to austyralia illigaly. The thing that realy gets up my nose is that australian immigration is not processing any more spouce visas for Philippines but still sell them and you get some jumped up frogin import from the middle east saying he is proud to be austrralian and sayiny to me a born australian that my marriage is not worth the paper it is writen on and I should have married in australia.

      When I told the piece of crap that no one on this earth is going to tell me were Iam going to get married and to whom Iam going to marry. The australian immigration is scamming and steeling money from the Philippine people as well as australians like me and I would like to see a class action taken against immigration for all the bullshit excusses made to people that paied for visas and rejected. I agree that some should not be allowed but there is a lot of very honest people in the Philippines. I get sick and tired of hearing about the boat people and everyone wants to stick their big noses in to make a name for themselves but when it comes to us australians who are married we are not even given a look at and if we say anything we are trouble makers and only want to bring our spouces in to rip the tax payer off what a fu----king joke the people that are carring out these forums and make all the decissions.

      I will also like to add further more a prostuoite for the streets of Manila can get a visa to come to australia get locked in a room with 20 others than when the bribes are not paied than immigration raids the places WHICH THEY ISSUED THE VISAS IN THE FIRST PLACE costing the tax payer millions to sort out but my wife who has done nothing wrong can not get a visa so I ask you to look at this picture and see if there is anything wrong with it cause most people from the so call third world countries can see it but most australians carnt see it because thery are australians arer irish or what every on the days like saint patricks day and in volves beer that is why australia is doomed because they can not see that immigrtion treats people like shit and it is going to bit australia harder than they have dished out and sad to say us australians that live in other countries will not come and help but sit back and watch them try and get out of it themselves and they will fail because they are not anzacs but self centred as----oles

      Iam sorry that I sound angury but Iam australian and think australia is a beautiful country but it is just the goverment people that reuin it for the nice ones.and thank you for allowing me to post my comment. P{erry

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading francisid, shall do.

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      francisid 

      7 years ago

      interesting read!keep the hubs coming.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Great point, gramarye. Shall remedy.

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      gramarye 

      7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Hi Tony - can I just correct one point. Boat people are not refugees. They are asylum seekers who want to achieve refugee status. I feel that when asylum seekers are called refugees, it is not good for the real refugees who have been properly processed in refugee camps through UNHCR and gives those refugees a bad name.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Happyboomernurse. I guess we're all in the same boat; excuse the pun.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I did a double-take to make sure you were talking about Australia, not America's immigration issues as what you've written could easily apply to both countries.

      This is a thought-provoking hub. Thanks for sharing your views.

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