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Raising the intake of refugees might boost economy of Australia

A report from Oxfam Australia said that increasing annual intake of Australia to 44,000 by 2023 might bring an extra…

By Jenny Scordamaglia , in Australia Refugees , at August 28, 2019 Tags: , , , , ,

A report from Oxfam Australia said that increasing annual intake of Australia to 44,000 by 2023 might bring an extra $37.7 billion to the economy in the next 50 years.

picture source: amnesty International

This increase would also sustain an average of 35,000 jobs a year, built on the current intake of 18,750 per year.

This would also increase the demand for goods and services by $18.2 billion.

The Oxfam Australia chief executive, Lyn Morgain said:

“I think Australians generally would agree that families and particularly those who have suffered terrible loss and hardships shouldn’t be separated.”

The 44,000 figure represents Australia supporting an equal share of the current number of refugees seeking resettlement around the world, along with other OECD nations.

Morgain said:

“Right now the refugees are being settled by middle and low-income countries, like Turkey, Uganda, and Bangladesh”.

“Less than 7% of refugees requiring settlement in 2018 were successfully settled. So there is a need for the Australian community to step up as the number of displaced people increases.”

The reports also said if more and more refugees keep settling in Australia they will finish education and training then the needs for labor in the expanding sector health and aged care would be met.

The most complex problem that Morgain described was the process of reuniting the split families in Australia as it was delaying the start of the resettlement of refugees.

Dabessa was jailed in 2004 for three years, under the suspicion of supporting an ethnic minority opposition. Once he was free his wife and he both journalists when learned that the government is going to arrest them again decided to flee to Kenya.

However, while they were in Nairobi, Lelisse was arrested again and jailed.

Dabessa took their three children and came to Australia as a refugee. He said he focused on the study and had to rely on welfare so he could take care of his children.

He saved everything he could to send it to Ethiopia to support Lelisse while she was in jail, but after she was freed from jail it took her three years to join her family in Australia.

Dabessa said he was very grateful for the Australian Government’s protection but if Lelisse had been back sooner they would not have to suffer such trauma and it would have also allowed him to contribute to his new house sooner.

Morgain said:

“There is a very positive experience that communities across Australia have had in supporting the resettlement of the refugees. Oxfam is very conscious that the best form of resettlement is where people can quickly make a connection with a community.”

Picture source: Independent Australia

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