The Claims of Refugees Who Refuse to Resettle in Cambodia Should Be Questioned, Says Scott Morrison

Matthew Knott, Sydney Morning Herald, May 20, 2014

The bona fides of any refugee in offshore detention who rejects resettlement in Cambodia should be questioned, according to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Mr Morrison also rejected claims by Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy that money given to the country to take refugees would encourage corruption.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied the Cambodia deal contradicts his opposition to the Gillard government’s Malaysia Solution despite strong comments at the time about Malaysia’s human rights record.

The Immigration Minister said a deal had yet to be concluded with the impoverished South-East Asian nation to take refugees from offshore centre on Nauru, despite Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen confirming on Facebook yesterday that his country would accept refugees who voluntarily chose to move there.

“Resettlement is a voluntary process. But it does raise an interesting question though. If someone who says they are persecuted is offered a safe country where they can go and that country is not to their economic liking then I think that does raise questions about the claim,” Mr Morrison told ABC Radio on Tuesday.

“Resettlement is about freedom from persecution; it’s not a ticket to a first-class economy.”

Asked what would be the fate of those who refused to move, he said: “They will stay on Nauru but they won’t be coming to Australia.”

Mr Morrison said it was up to Nauru whether it reassessed the claims of refugees who refused resettlement.

Refugee advocates have predicted many refugees on Nauru will refuse to resettle in Cambodia, opting to hold out in the hope there is a policy change and they will eventually be able to get to Australia.

Greens immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young has branded Cambodia ”a fundamentally unacceptable place for Australia to dump its refugees” and says the party will attempt to block any attempt to send refugees there.

Mr Abbott was asked on Tuesday about how he could support the Cambodia resettlement deal when he had said Malaysia’s human rights record was a barrier to his support for a people swap deal in 2011.

The Prime Minister said his opposition to that plan had only been due to the fact Malaysia wasn’t a signatory to the UN convention on human rights.

“The last think I want to do is be critical of Malyasia. I wasn’t critical of Malaysia at the time. I’m not going to be critical of Malaysia now because we are working closely with Malaysia on a whole range of matters buy particularly on the search for ill-fated flight MH370.”

However, in 2011 Mr Abbott made strong comments against the Gillard government’s people swap deal with Malaysia.

”What decent government would send boat people to a country where they could be exposed to caning? Malaysia is a friend of Australia, but their standards are not our standards – and it is very wrong of Australia to send people who have come into our care, however briefly, to a country whose standards are so different from ours,” he said.

Mr Morrison declined to say how much money Australia would provide Cambodia to resettle refugees. But he acknowledged: “There is a very positive understanding between both countries.”

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy said a refugee deal would encourage corruption.

“Any money, especially from any foreign source, would be diverted [and] channelled into the pocket of our corrupt leaders, with very little, if any benefit to the ordinary people,” he said.

“I think it would be a disgrace. A rich, powerful and respected country such as Australia must face its responsibility dealing with this humanitarian problem; it must not export or outsource.

“Cambodia is not prepared, is not equipped to receive any refugee, to settle any person in need.”

But Mr Morrison rejected Mr Rainsy’s claims, saying Australia had the experience and resources to ensure appropriate resettlement of refugees in a poorer nation.

”We’re not in the business of lining the pockets of officials,” he said.

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  • dd121

    Whatever you do, don’t send them here.

  • borogirl54

    I thought that refugees seeking political asylum means that they are safe from those that are persecuting them. They are not entitled to a one way ticket to a first world country.

    • Pro_Whitey

      You are correct, ma’am. How did this guy Abbott get elected? He makes too much sense.
      For the U.S., I propose that all refugees accepted should be housed where we used to house the interned Japs in the big one, WWII. Give them the barest necessities and protect them from molestation, but make them work 50-60 hours per week. That way only those who really really want to be safe will avail themselves of the option. As it is, getting refugee status is like winning the lottery – automatic welfare, housing, medical care, no work requirement, etc. Think Tsarnaev when you think refugee.

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        I think any developed nation should do away with granting political asylum and refuge status to anybody

      • Anna Tree

        The only refugee any white country should take, is a white refugee.

        Let the African countries take African refugees, Arab countries take Arab refugees

        • Capt. Bryant

          We should take all the Afrikaners and the only overseas military actions should be to free fellow white people.

  • DaveMed

    Perhaps we should designate a single lure country as “immigrant-friendly”, bring hundreds of millions of these people in, then abandon it to let them run the place themselves.

    • bilderbuster

      In this hemisphere I nominate Guyana or Suriname in South America.
      Haiti is full AND too close.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    “Resettlement is a voluntary process. But it does raise an interesting question though. If someone who says they are persecuted is offered a safe country where they can go and that country is not to their economic liking then I think that does raise questions about the claim,” Mr Morrison told ABC Radio on Tuesday.

    “Resettlement is about freedom from persecution; it’s not a ticket to a first-class economy.”

    ___________________________________________________________

    A true refugee would desperately want to go back to wherever they came from because they were driven from their homelands against their own will. They would flee to the nearest safe countries, which almost never include western nations, and return to their countries of origin whenever it was safe to do so. All of the so-called “refugees” in western countries are simply parasites and cowards looking for a better life at the expense of the west’s most vulnerable citizens.

    • DaveMed

      Hey – they’re just pursuing their basic human rights! 21st century healthcare, enough food to make a man obese in a couple of months, air conditioning, public transportation, internet… all on the White Man’s tab.

    • SentryattheGate

      The US is CRAZY enough to accept HIV/Aids aslyees,(not only bringing diseased people in, but costing us the expensive AIDS medicines) and those claiming to be homosexual (and claim they are persecuted in their home countries). Our European ancestor immigrants were screened for diseases and turned away, which makes sense to me.But, nowadays, not much makes sense!

    • borogirl54

      This tells you that many of these people are not refugees but economic migrants. If they were truly refugees, they would be happy to be settled in a country where they would be free from harm. I even read once where one of these so called refugees wanted to go to Australia to get breast implants. What does this tell you?

      • M.

        I even read once where one of these so called refugees wanted to go to
        Australia to get breast implants. What does this tell you?

        That they have small breasts?

        Just kidding. But yeah, that is telling.

  • Tom Thumb

    Anybody should be very careful about a place like Cambodia. Cambodia is the home of Pol Pot and his Khmere Rouge outfit.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      Cambodia is a stunningly corrupt, disorganized nation. Makes Thailand look like Switzerland by comparison. Can’t imagine refugees wanting to live there.

  • Brady

    “Any money, especially from any foreign source, would be diverted [and] channelled into the pocket of our corrupt leaders, with very little, if any benefit to the ordinary people,” he said.

    Something every Western country needs to keep in mind before it sends money to a Third World country. Foreign aid is not charity its purpose should be to advance a nation’s interest.

  • I, a descendant of British ancestors, could not get into Australia or New Zealand because I don’t have enough money to meet the standards for an immigrant. I’m older, but my IQ tested at 140, and I’m in good health. But thurd world idiots with 80 IQs are invited in and served up Western civilization on a silver platter to become permanent parasites. If I knew WHO to kill, I’d go after them. All I’m wanting is to escape diversity. But that seems impossible.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      If I knew WHO to kill, I’d go after them.

      But you do know who to kill. They’re called your “elected” representatives.

      You know, Fukuyama was dead wrong when he said that the end of history was the universalization of liberal democracy. No, the final goal of western civilization, at least at this juncture in time, is not liberal individualism, but a totalizing vision of the future, where everyone is forced to belong to some overarching, hermetically sealed and self-contained whole. In other words, we aren’t headed towards liberal democracy, but a totalitarian order based on forced inclusiveness.

  • IstvanIN

    Sarah Hanson-Young has branded Cambodia ”a fundamentally unacceptable place for Australia to dump its refugees”
    Since when does Australia have refugees?

  • Anna Tree

    I spoke with one refugee once: he goes on vacation to his home country and his
    parents live there while getting money from Canada: whites are
    pathological altruists. When will we say enough is enough, charity is for
    our kin.

    Please read the excellent comment of Evil Racist Bigot to Natassia’s posts, so why charity is for our kin:
    amren com/news/2014/05/traditional-nigerian-hunters-want-to-find-girls/#comment-1396276259

    • bilderbuster

      The Cubans “refugees” here have been vacationing in Cuba for years and they love the US embargo.
      When they visit they bring all kinds of American goodies with them and have plenty of money to go first class all the way during their visit and few Americans there to pester them.

  • MBlanc46

    Australians shouldn’t ship the immigrants to Cambodia. They should sink the boats before they land (or refuse to allow them to de-plane).

    • IstvanIN

      Yeah, why torture the Cambodians?

  • Capt. Bryant

    Try and come to an American Renaissance conference if you can. Yes it’s a lot of money but well worth it.

  • DaveMed

    It is best to strike while the iron is hot.

    With this kind of pro-Australian talk, it would be best for the Right to rise in vocal support.

  • TruthBeTold

    In the US we have ‘family reunification’. That means when an immigrant establishes himself here they can then bring in extended family members.

    So if one gets in, they can bring their extended family including their elderly, non-working parents who will need government services.

    It ends up being called ‘chain migration’.

  • rightrightright

    ”a fundamentally unacceptable place for Australia to dump its refugees”

    They are not Australia’s refugees. The Left twisting the language again. They are refugees (or rather, migrants on the get) of the country from which they ran away.

  • RealisticGuy

    Malaysia, Cambodia, who cares? Just send them away already. Don’t squabble over things that don’t matter.

  • Jon Doe

    I’ve been to Cambodia, great ancient civilization 2000 years ago. But no.. Cambodia is not a place for Foreigners or Refugees. If you dont have money there is no salvation for you.
    Example:
    1. I was shook down for cash as soon as I got off of the Plane
    2. I was shook down for cash by random dude who carried luggage, just took it and then waited for a tip.
    3. Panhandlers left and Right kids adults so many.
    4. I was shook down for everything Hotels, Restaurants, Cabs etc You even have to tip just to park your car.
    5. The nightlife was the worse, I asked for a beer, they brought a line up of 10 girls, I say Beer.. they say, Light skinned? Young? wtf?? Beer… just Beer Massage? Beer…!
    6. Go to Casino, shook down
    7. As I was leaving for my flight, I had a fine Police escort to ensure my safety (for a fee or course)
    This is Cambodia,

    • journey

      You are correct. Cambodia (the Khmer empire) just like India once had an advanced civilization. The Khmer civilization built the temples like Angkor Wat. By examining Barry Brukoff’s book, Temples of Cambodia: The Heart of Angkor, one see similarities between ancient Greek architecture and the thatched stone huts of Europe. Those peoples were of the same gene pool as the Aryans and ancient
      Greeks, and then eventually today’s white Europeans (the Nordic Vikings). They emigrated out from Iraq (the cradle of civilization). The Sumerians were the last of their race in that region.

    • Ngati Pakeha

      I thought you were describing Washington DC until I got to your fifth point.

  • Aussie_Thinker

    Abbott does tend to have a good stance on refugees and similar subjects, but the budget is a bit off, which is why he is garnering so much hate (as I’m sure you know). Its a shame he can’t have been elected in a better economical environment.

    Although what they’ve done to the NBN is a tragedy.

  • Neuday

    Please run for office.

  • none of your business

    Sam Rainsy is absolutely right.

  • borogirl54

    I will give Abbott credit for one thing, he did stop the boats from coming.

  • SentryattheGate

    Oh yes, I agree; First Worlders are too spunky for the New World “Odor”; we expect our human rights, our civil protections, a decent wage, a safe workplace, etc, etc. We are the obstacle. Our destruction has been planned and stealthfully worked on for decades.

  • Kristinitis

    ““Resettlement is about freedom from persecution; it’s not a ticket to a first-class economy.” Oh man I wish OUR govt would heed this advice- then we could put all the border crossers in some shitty place like… like.. Alaska! lol OR Guam or Puerto Rico (P.R. sounds best to me- stick them somewhere where they will be around someone of the same color and disposition: miserable sanitation, bad manners and ugly faces galore.