Tim BlairÂ –Â Saturday,Â AprilÂ 06,Â 2013
Apparently “for those who’ve paid thousands of dollars to people smugglers and thrown away their passports” wouldn’t fit.
UPDATE. “It’s not as though we’re swamped by refugees,” wroteÂ Richard AcklandÂ back in 2009:
According to analysis by the excellent website Stubborn Mule, a fair number of asylum seekers could be calculated on the basis of our population as a relative proportion of the combined populations of the countries that regularly take refugees.
On that basis our fair share would beÂ 197 asylum seekers per million of populationÂ ….
That works out to 4456 asylum seekers per year. In 2010, Australia receivedÂ 6535Â asylum seekers – or 288 per million of population. Last year Australia receivedÂ more than 16,000Â asylum seekers, or 707 per million of population. Under Ackland’s “fair share” rule, our total population needs an instant boost to more than 81 million.