Hmmm! Good question! We’ve been so beaten over the head with this concept—refugees and asylum seekers ask for/demand entry into an advanced society—we assume somehow it’s the law.
Israel’s MK Michal Rosin : “Israel is responsible for the fate of the asylum seekers …”
Two countries are challenging the premise—Australia and Israel.
If the refugees and asylum seekers are looking only for an escape from persecution, why not let other smaller, less-developed countries give them a home?
Readers remember this—migration for economic reasons does not make one a refugee.
Here is Immigration Minister Scott Morrison in Australia on Monday. The Leftists must be screaming in Canberra!
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
In his strongest indication yet that he is looking to send refugees to Cambodia, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has warned that the right to resettlement is not a ticket to a better life in a first world country.
His warning has followed recent visits by Mr Morrison and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to Cambodia, and has fuelled speculation the Abbott government is in negotiations to send asylum seekers on Nauru who are found to be refugees, to the developing country.
Mr Morrison said resettlement was about sending people to places where they would be free from persecution.
“I just don’t buy into this argument that only first world countries are able to participate in resettlement,” he told Sky News.
And in Israel, the Leftists are spitting mad as they learn some African asylum seekers (from Israel) are going willingly to Rwanda. By the way, we learned previously that they are going with money in their pockets which this article does not mention.
From Haaretz via EastAfro (Israel Slammed for Sending Asylum Seekers to Rwanda without Status, Rights):
The government is facing criticism after Haaretz discovered that African asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan who agree to leave Israel voluntarily are being sent to Rwanda and Uganda without the benefit of official documentation or any guarantees of basic rights.
Asylum seekers who have been sent to these African countries have said that they do not receive any support from any government upon arrival, and that no one is doing anything to look after them.
About 10 days ago, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said 81 asylum seekers have voluntarily left Israel for African states. The government has refused to say which countries are taking in the asylum seekers or to disclose other details of its agreements with these states.
MK Michal Rosin (Meretz) will convene an extraordinary session of the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers, which she chairs, to discuss the agreements.
This is worth watching! The UN High Commissioner for Refugees must be having a heart attack over this idea! But, why not spread the refugee burden to less-developed countries?
By the way, I expect both Cambodia and Rwanda are receiving generous foreign aid from Australia and Israel, so now they are getting something in return!