Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Community release" -- Australia's new euphemism for allowing illegal immigration

HUNDREDS of asylum seekers will be released from high security detention and allowed to live in the community under a plan being drafted by the Gillard government.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen is believed to be preparing to announce the community release to relieve overflowing detention centres on the mainland and on Christmas Island.

Asylum seekers who are not considered a security risk would be eligible for community detention, including family groups, children and unaccompanied minors. The government has been in discussion with charities, church groups and refugee welfare organisations to find accommodation. This would include hostels and houses owned by the groups.

Welfare groups contacted by The Age yesterday said discussions with the government about community detention for asylum seekers predated the August 21 election.

It is understood priority would be given to families with school-age children and that release from detention centres would be staggered as housing becomes available.

According to the Immigration officials, 742 children are detained by authorities, as well as 382 unaccompanied minors. Of the children, 281 are on Christmas Island and 461 are in mainland centres.

All up, 5056 asylum seekers are now in detention, of whom 2769 are on Christmas Island. A record 106 asylum-seeker boats have arrived this year, already 20 more than the previous record of 86 in 1999.


Canada's Immigration Minister praises Chinese community's contribution to the country

The Chinese are a very positive influence in Australia too. Australia is now about 5% Han Chinese and they figure prominently in the professions and in the hospitality industry. Africans, by contrast, figure prominently in crime and welfare dependency. Some migrant groups tend to be more desirable than others and that should be recognized

Jason Kenney, Canada's Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Thursday praised the contribution of Canada's Chinese community in helping to build the country over the past 150 years.

Speaking to media Thursday in Vancouver following a roundtable with Chinese community leaders to discuss his recent trip to China, Jason Kenney described Chinese community's contribution as "enormous."

"It's an enormous contribution. The Chinese community is the largest immigrant community in Canada, over 1.2 million strong, but it's not a new community. There's been an important Chinese presence in Canada going back well over a century," he said.

"The most important thing the Chinese community has brought to Canada is a very serious work ethic and a sense of entrepreneurship and personal and family responsibility, because these are the virtues that build and maintain a strong country," he said.


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