Europeans and Americans, it’s costing you even more. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim parasites are arriving in America every year now, and most aren’t getting here in rickety boats. They are receiving free plane fare, living expenses, and welfare courtesy of American taxpayer funds, eagerly handed out by Barack Hussein Obama.
Herald Sun by Andrew Bolt (H/T Diane)
In Australia, the Gillard Government knows the truth about its bungled refugee program. The people it’s bringing in are costing billions, with 85% of refugees on Centrelink benefits in their first five years here.
Worse, it’s the “refugees” who push in—the boat people we don’t pick, and who exploit the Government’s weak laws—who cost us most. The vast majority of boat people say they are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka, and these are exactly the refugees most likely to be unemployed and living on welfare, even after five years.
Just 9% of Afghan adults have a job and 94% receive benefits, which means every boatload of Afghans landing here is a boatload almost entirely of people we’ll be paying handouts to for years. And since January last year, more than 3300 Afghans have sailed here.
It’s the same story among Iranian adults, just 12% of whom work, 88% collect welfare.
Sri Lankans have a better employment rate—34% work, but even that is still lower than the rate among African refugees, almost none of whom come by boat, being selected by us from refugee camps instead.
These are just some of the alarming revelations in a first-ever survey commissioned by the Immigration Department of 8500 people accepted under our humanitarian program. And they are findings that should have us ask not just how much Labor has cost us by putting the people smugglers back in business by weakening the boat people laws in 2008.
It also should have us ask the tough question Denmark just did: what does it cost us to bring in people from countries with very different and poorer cultures? Denmark’s answer is “too much”. Its Government this month issued a report suggesting migrants from non-Western countries cost the state $3.5 billion a year, while those from the West contributed $450 million in taxes. It added that by toughening up its immigration laws in 2001, mainly to deter immigrants from poorer and Muslim countries, Denmark saved itself $10 billion over 10 years, l
argely in social security payments. “Now that we can see that it does matter who comes into the country, I have no scruples in further restricting those who one can suspect will be a burden on Denmark,” Integration Minister Sren Pind declared.
That sounds nasty talk to nice Australia, which has been too polite to even calculate the full cost of its kindness to Third World immigrants, and refugees especially. Of course, if these refugees really have fled for their lives, who can put a price on saving them? But how many of the 13,500 refugees we take in each year were truly saved from death?
In another survey recently commissioned by the Government, the Kabul-based Wise Strategic Communications found that “many Hazaras (in Afghanistan) strongly believed that travelling to Australia practically guaranteed refugee status”. Not that they were refugees fleeing bullets: “The vast majority of focus group participants from Ghazni regard migration to Australia as a livelihood strategy… “
Perhaps our soft hearts don’t mind people barging in by boat to share in the welfare that’s actually paid for by taxpayers here for their own. But the incredible level of worklessness among refugees isn’t all that was revealed by the Immigration Department’s report.
For a start, boat people especially seem remarkably sick, and more prone than other refugee groups to being miserable. Says the report, “Iranians and Iraqis are more likely to indicate that they are not happy”.
Moreover, “Iraqis and Afghans have the poorest physical health” and “Iraqis, Iranians and Afghans have the poorest mental health”. That, too, means big bills for taxpayers, since an astonishing 40 per cent of the refugees surveyed said they were getting medical treatment. In contrast, only 14 per cent of immigrants brought out as skilled labour were seeing doctors.
But again, this report has sobering news. (No wonder the Government snuck it out when the media was distracted by the royal wedding.) It noted that even after five years here, most refugees had poor or no English, and the trend indicates that most of the people who do not speak English at all at the end of five years will probably stay that way for some time. Almost none of those with no education or only primary-school level got themselves some more.
Cut off from other Australians by bad English (a particular problem among Afghans), where might such refugees find company? As you’d expect, from others of their (usually Muslim) faith or culture. More than 60 per cent of refugees said they were connected to their religious community – twice the rate reported by skilled immigrants. And as the report noted, when a refugee was part of his religious community, this does not necessarily mean they feel connected with the local community in which they reside or with the broader Australia.
Which to me seems a guarded way of warning that many refugees we import—or, rather, who invite themselves in—retreat into religious or cultural enclaves. This is just buying us trouble. Luring people in with easy benefits, to have them live poorly in their own enclaves, is a reckless piece of social engineering.
So this is not a report that should have been tossed out as garbage when no one was looking. This should be one nailed to the desk of the Prime Minister, with the word URGENT stamped on its cover.
We have a problem. It’s costing billions. And it will kill our cohesion. Fix it.
UPDATE: Queensland’s Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser has called on Liberal National Party (LNP) and Katter’s Australian Party MPs to denounce the Qsociety, which is concerned with the “erosion of Western values and the Islamization of Australia.”
Q SOCIETY is a great organization whose flyers say “it’s time to say no” to the Halal food industry, “whitewashed Islamic content” in state schools, Sharia finance and “segregation and apartheid” such as prayer rooms.