OFF SHORE PROCESSING WHY DID WE STOP DOING IT AUSTRALIA
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 Australian
- July 16, 2013
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.