16 Jul 2013

PROCESSING OFF SHORE, IT WORKED ONCE UPON A TIME and we didn't need to use places such as Nauru.

Is it the fear of terrorism since 9/11 or is it that we don't invest in off shore processing in South East Asia as we once did.

Memories as Vietnamese asylum boats at 20-year high

THE 84 Vietnamese asylum-seekers on a vessel stopped just north of Broome this week are part of the largest influx of people arriving from the communist country by boat in almost two decades.
On current trends, this year will see the greatest number of Vietnamese boat arrivals on record; surpassing the 868 asylum-seekers who arrived in 1977, two years after the fall of the South Vietnamese regime.

The US has funded resettlement programs throughout South Asia where people are screened and processed for settlement in the US, why can't we be doing the same thing, this would indeed stop the boats.

No! We have solved the problem by calling them illegals and shipping them off to islands in the middle of the Pacific at great cost, why, because its all politics.
Contrary to the popular mythology of the Vietnamese "boat people", this method of entry was confined to a small number, just over 2000.

The vast majority of the 90,000 Vietnamese refugees who came here by the mid-1980s were processed offshore in camps in South-East Asia, they did not come by boat, they did not have to risk their lives at sea.

Today, a community that numbered a few hundred in the early 1970s is estimated to be about 200,000, counting the second generations.