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Australia to take more Christian refugees fleeing Islamic State
Australia is ready to expand a special humanitarian program to accept more Christian refugees who are fleeing Islamic State as a crucial safeguard in the effort to take 12,000 asylum-seekers from Syria and Iraq.
The special program is not being capped as a share of the total intake and will operate as a counterweight to the key UN agency that helps nominate the refugees, addressing fears among church groups that Australia will not take enough genuinely persecuted minorities.
The approach will be used to make sure Australia gives permanent settlement to Christians and Kurds and that the greatest help goes to women and children, even if the UN High Commissioner for Refugees fails to identify the most suitable candidates for resettlement.
But any move to increase the Syrian intake presents Malcolm Turnbull with huge political risks, with a special Newspoll conducted at the weekend revealing that only 22 per cent of Australians support taking more than the 12,000 already announced.
Today’s poll shows that 44 per cent of Australians say the government should take fewer refugees from the war-torn Middle East while 27 per cent believe 12,000 to be the right number.
Newspoll also reveals that 41 per cent of respondents want the priority to be on taking Christian refugees while 52 per cent believe there should be equal consideration given to Christians and other religious and ethnic groups.
The Australian has been told the government will use the special humanitarian program to make sure the intake does not match the experience in Europe, where young Muslim men figure strongly in the flow of millions of asylum-seekers across land borders.
The government is already taking nominations from groups within Australia to identify Iraqi Christians who should be given priority in the humanitarian program, bypassing the UNHCR process.
The Weekend Australian revealed concerns of church leaders, including Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher, over the anxiety in the community at a ¬recent decision that appeared to require the UNHCR to register the refugees.
In a bid to reassure the community, government officials ¬confirmed yesterday that the special humanitarian program would run in parallel with the UNHCR registration and would ensure the selecti¬on of Christians and others.
While the total intake will be 12,000, there is no cap on the number that can be accepted in the special¬ humanitarian program or the UNHCR registrations, with the proportion from each being up to the government.
The Prime Minister insisted yesterday that the focus of the intak¬e would be on persecuted minoritie¬s such as Christians, given these groups had the least chance of returning to their homes in a “reset order” in Iraq and Syria.
“I’ve been concerned for some time, and have been very vocal about my concern, for the persecuted minorities in the Middle East, prominent among whom of course are the Christian communities,” Mr Turnbull said.
“Regrettably, the likely consequence of these wars in the Middle East will be a reset order in which there will be a much less welcoming environment for Christians.
“The regimes in Iraq and Syria, tyrannies though they were, were secular tyrannies — that is to say Christians were not persecuted by reason of being Christians, as a general rule.
“The tenor of the times is much less welcoming to minorities like Christians and that is why the focus of the 12,000 intake is on persecuted minorities and women and children.”
Speaking during a break in the East Asia Summit in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Mr Turnbull said “nothing has changed” from the cabinet decision under Tony Abbott to accept 12,000 refugees and to put a priority on persecuted minorities, women and children. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton also said there had been no change to the program announced months ago.
“Our focus has always been on the most persecuted minorities, women and children,” he said.
“The caseload will be a mixture of UNHCR referrals and special humanitarian program referrals. We will have the ultimate say in who we bring into the country.”
If the UNHCR did not identify asylum-seekers that met the government’s test of being in a persecuted minority, the government had the right to reject nominations, officials said yesterday.
If the UNHCR’s registrations show a dearth of candidates from persecuted minorities, the government will be able to take in even more in the special humanitarian program to ensure the objective is met. Those considered to be persecuted minorities include Christians such as Assyrians, Chaldeans and Mandaeans. The intake could also include Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Kurds.
Scott Morrison has said he expected¬ most of the 12,000 to be Christians because they were at the “most long-term risk” in the Middle East.
But Sydney Islamic community leader Ahmed Kilani had said: “You don’t ask a drowning person what your religion is before you save them.”
The Newspoll shows a preference among many Australians for the special refugee places to go to Christians.
It reveals 41 per cent believe the priority should be for Christians. Another 52 per cent believe there should be equal consideration given to Christians and other religious and ethnic groups when deciding which refugees will be accepted.
Among Coalition voters, it is the reverse, with 54 per cent saying priority should go to Christians and 41 per cent backing equal consideration. Only 29 per cent of Labor voters and 17 per cent of Greens supporters say Christians should be given priority.
Coalition voters are the most opposed to an increase, with only 14 per cent in favour of taking more, 48 per cent saying it should be fewer and 33 per cent happy with the existing plan.
Among Labor voters, 29 per cent want to take more refugees while 40 per cent say it should be fewer. The overwhelming support for more refugees comes from Greens voters, where 52 per cent want to increase the intake and 19 per cent want it reduced