Australia Offers Asylum-Seekers $10,000 to Return Home

Raw Story, June 21, 2014

Australia is offering asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to $10,000 (US$9,400) if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners.

Fairfax Media reported that those returning to Lebanon from detention centres on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru were offered the highest amount of $10,000.

Iranians and Sudanese were given $7,000 if they dropped bids for refugee status, Afghans $4,000 and those from Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar $3,300, the report in The Sydney Morning Herald said.

The Herald said under the previous Labor administration–in office until last September–the payments were much lower, ranging from $1,500 to $2,000.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said “return packages” were standard practice but would not reveal what the maximum payments had been.


“The packages range (in terms of) value and it’s not just in terms of any financial element, but also training, support and other issues to assist people to get on their feet when they return,” he added.


Australia has toughened its policy on asylum-seekers in recent years, with those arriving on unauthorised boats now refused residency in Australia even if they are deemed refugees.

Instead they are held in detention camps on Manus and Nauru and are expected to be resettled in those countries if their claims are valid.

Since the policy was introduced, more asylum-seekers have chosen to voluntarily return to their country of origin while the number of people attempting to reach Australia by boat has dried up, with no vessels arriving for six months.

Morrison’s office said 283 people had voluntarily returned home from offshore processing centres since shortly after the conservative government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott won power in September.


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  • MekongDelta69

    And according to the story (above on AmRen), WE pay THEM $2,370/year to come here (U.S.).

    Our black muslim Marxist dictator and his regime wouldn’t have it any other way…

  • dd121

    I wonder if they’d send me free money to stay here?

  • Puggg

    Bad idea. This will only invite a flood of people breaking into Australia just to get their hands on a free $10 grand.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Voluntary repatriation, plus cash incentive, can be a good idea, provided they ban all third world immigration first.

    • TruthBeTold

      This practice should go hand in hand with tightening immigration and border security.

      It will work if you keep them from coming in in the first place.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      That was my first thought. But without bordering countries, the journey is more complicated and expensive, so it may not be that much of an incentive.

    • 1stworlder

      If it goes with a policy of torpedoing any more 3rdworld ships. Muslims pass up 47 muslim nations to get on the white taxpayers teat.

  • Löwenmensch ᛟ

    I’d offer them a one way trip with cement shoes to the Great Barrier Reef. This world is flipped upside down when you get extorted by subhumans claiming refugee status. Europeans had to sell themselves into indentured servitude slavery to get to America’s greener pastures

    • Ella

      According to nonwhite groups and media, we all had a golden spoon (not even silver) at the time of birth with privileged status. Working in meat packing plants, building sewage systems in NYC or Chicago, mining, fighting wars and clear-cutting farmlands were all desired jobs for royalty and lazy bureaucrats.

  • IstvanIN

    I will only believe Australia wants to survive if:
    1) They refuse to allow any refugees to settle in Australia and forcibly repatriate any and all so-called refugees without a payment or bribe.
    2) They go back to the White-Australia policy.

    • M.

      That’s not gonna be easy. Even in the early 20th century, they couldn’t admit openly that their immigration policy was for whites only. They had to go through indirect means, like tougher dictation tests for non-white newcomers, etc.

      What they could do is the quotas system the U.S. adopted in the 1920’s. Many would shout “racist”, but the official argument could made that Australia wants keep its ethnic balance for “social harmony”, something like that, while at the same time allowing a small fraction of non-whites proportional to the ones already there, so as to not appear purists.

      • benvad

        Who cares want the others think? Do what’s right for you!

  • Jesse James

    There is an easy solution, a right wing military coup sets up a white ethno-state which used force to return all unwanted foreign immigrants to their home county. Those awaiting disposition should be organized into work camps and chain gangs and be put to work cleaning and maintaining public property and lands.

    • Löwenmensch ᛟ

      Also the coup needs to take place in a nuclear armed nation

    • Löwenmensch ᛟ

      Here’s some odd news you never hear in the mainstream media. In Qatar they let workers come there from Tibet and India for menial construction labors. (Qatar is host to the World Cup 2022) Over 1,000 workers have died in recent years and the death toll is not being abated, the games must go on.

      • IstvanIN

        Qatar only cares about it Arab nationals, not foreigners. All hail the Emir!

    • jayvbellis

      A more realistic solution is for a Whites to break away a few White a conservative states in the Much Whiter Pacific Northwest.

      Here is a growing independence movement

      Check out

      Www dot northwestfront do org

  • Truth Teller

    US $7,000 doesn’t go far in Iran,but in Sudan could probably buy a nice apartment house or small farm.

  • c684570

    This website allows Disqus-com comments like those allowed on here so we all have access to post there. Except for me since I have been banned. Flood this stupid site with comments. Why do these migrants want to live around White oppressors?

    • Löwenmensch ᛟ

      Because it’s like winning the powerball lottery

    • rawstory is a vile, nasty lefty website. I wouldn’t mind getting banned there. I’m banned from Atlantic and Atlantic wire and maybe some more. Filthy lefties don’t want any truth to interfere with the agenda.

    • 1stworlder

      I am banned from there also. There is only 5 comments on the original story, maybe that’s all of the white people that are not banned.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I’ve been blocked from posting there. I also got a glimpse of a promotion in favor of Fauxahontas.

    • Bobbala

      Racism is like catnip to them. They can’t resist it. Apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia had immigration problems just like Europe.

      Not that they won’t bitch about it.

      Holding your hand out to a non-white just doesn’t pay.

  • Pro_Whitey

    The Aussies’ use of offshore islands has me thinking of a new use for Gitmo. Of course, we should be disposing of the current inhabitants, not letting them go.

  • The “refugee” scam is another leftist plot to surreptiously create de facto open borders. Any strategy that works to block these so-called refugees is a step in the right direction. Naturally, the best strategy would involve sinking the boats and arresting the boat owners, captains, and crews who provide the transportation to these parasites.

  • M.

    Australia has been doing a good job under this government regarding illegals. Unfortunately, it’s almost useless, since the legal Third-World immigration is still thriving.

  • archer

    How about just shipping them back, why give them anything, they weren’t exactly invited there in the first place.

  • I am assuming that the rest of the world will follow suit if it works, cheap at the price.

    Sadly this may be the future, countries run by non-previously disadvantaged having to pay the perpetually disadvantaged just to stay out of their countries.

  • Bobbala

    Wouldn’t a deterrent be …. I don’t know … not giving them anything.

  • Cid Campeador

    During the Watts riots, there was an LAPD blockade set up in a major intersection. There were several riflemen behind the barricade that had a large sign directing all traffic to detour. The sign read ” TURN LEFT OR GET SHOT”.
    Australia might do well with advertising like that to their invading troublemakers.
    I wonder if the leadership is regretting the total disarmament of the population.