Alexander John Gosse Downer, ex-foreign minister and high commissioner to Britain, has said that asylum seekers were living Bantustan-style lives in “separate ghettos” in Australia.
Speech by Mr. Downer to the Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Budapest strongly praised asylum seekers’ integration rather than permitting them to live what he called a “Bantustan-style” life, referred to as the segregated black inhabitants of apartheid South Africa.
According to Mr. Downer, if people are taken as migrants by you then you surely want them to integrate.
He disagreed with the perception of liberals who want Australia to change the culture for the sake of accommodation of migrants. He believes that asylum seekers who want to move to Australia must try to integrate into the Australian community rather than setting up ghettos.
He maintained that Australia wants migrants to play their role in the country by participating in the productive activities of the country rather than living in separate communities or a sort of Bantustan-style life.
He further stated that his country had a commitment to protect migrants but not permanently while they fled mistreated.
When that’s over migrants should be able to go back to their countries.
Downer told his Budapest audience, there is a huge difference between people who migrate to Australia and people who they protect as a migrant.
He expressed, “These people are not looking just for protection; these people are looking to migrate. And they are looking to migrate to the country they want to go to. They get protection in all sorts of other countries on the way to your country, but no, no, no – we’re going to let them in and become migrants. This is, of course, undermining the whole system.”
He was speaking at Mathias Corvinus Collegium – MCC’s Budapest Summit on Migration. Whereas some other Australians also joined the conference including Mark Higgie, Tony Abbott’s former international affairs adviser and James Allan, University of Queensland law professor.
The Prime Minister of Ultra-conservative Hungarian, Viktor Orban also shared his views at the conference alongside ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy and ex Czech president Václav Klaus.
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