Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Thanks to Gareth Parker for the Reuters link concerning returning Afghan refugees.

Our government has offered the equivalent of two years wages, plus transport back to Kabul, to Afghan asylum seekers here. Once there, the UN provides more money, plus food, blankets and transport.

So far, upwards of a million Afghans have voluntarily returned. The whole premise of refugee status is that you would rather be at home, but it’s impossible for you to return. The fact that Australia is nicer than Afghanistan is not sufficient.

Given the imminent prospect of an economic boom in Afghanistan, fuelled by UN spending, rebuilding and returning entrepreneurs, the reasons available for afghans to stay here are dwindling.

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