By JR on Sunday, May 22, 2016
Weasel words from the Australian Left on immigration again
You can always rely on the good ol' "Guardian" for one-eyed Leftist propaganda -- and they have not failed us on this one. They claim to critique the government's claim that refugees end up largely unemployed and therefore welfare dependent. Excerpt below.
Note that it does not address the question at all. It speaks of "considerable" achievement by "refugees". But what is "considerable? You have to go to the underlying report to find that out. And in my usual pesky way, I did just that. And what we read from their table 6 is that only 16.6% of "humanitarian" immigrants were in full-time work at the time the interviews were carried out. Isn't it amazing how Leftists can spin things? They are habitual liars
And note that the underlying report was commissioned by the Gillard government so was almost certainly already leaning over backwards to find something favourable to say about immigrants
Here’s what Dutton’s own department says about the social and economic contribution made by refugees to Australia:
In 2011 the department of immigration and citizenship (as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection was then called) commissioned a report by the University of Adelaide academic Prof Graeme Hugo. Hugo’s report is here.
The department’s own summation of Hugo’s findings (still available on the department website) reads:
The research found the overwhelming picture, when one takes the longer term perspective of changes over the working lifetime of humanitarian program entrants and their children, is one of considerable achievement and contribution.
The humanitarian program yields a demographic dividend because of a low rate of settler loss, relatively high fertility rate and a high proportion of children who are likely to work the majority of their lives in Australia. It finds evidence of increasing settlement in non-metropolitan areas, which creates social and economic benefits for local communities.
Humanitarian entrants help meet labour shortages, including in low-skill and low-paid occupations. They display strong entrepreneurial qualities compared with other migrant groups, with a higher than average proportion engaging in small and medium business enterprises.
Humanitarian settlers also benefit the wider community through developing and maintaining economic linkages with their origin countries. In addition, they make significant contributions through volunteering in both the wider community and within their own community groups.