Sunday, December 06, 2009

Australia: A Role Model For Immigration?

Australia has often been mentioned as an example of a Western country that takes no shit, when it comes to dealing with illegal or errant immigrants. I'm not so sure about that, but they certainly have a firmer stance than most.

The lesson to be learnt, in the following case, is that immigration status is not a right; it is a privilege, and that status can change. My advice is to, quite simply, acquire citizenship as soon as you have met the qualifying criteria.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

ANDREW DEREK MOORE arrived in Australia from Scotland aged 11. Almost 30 years and a string of convictions later, Australia decided he had failed its character test and cancelled his visa.

On October 20, after a decade-long stretch in jail and immigration detention and despite serious health problems that were known to Australian authorities, Mr Moore was sent ''home''. Leaving behind a teenage son and his extended family, the 43-year-old recovering alcoholic was released at Heathrow Airport at 6am with $1000 cash, medication and a hotel booking. Two days later he was dead.

British police are now asking why. The Australian Government denies any responsibility.

But Mr Moore's death has shone a spotlight on Australia's practice of washing its hands of up to 70 people a year who are Australian in all but citizenship - and often seriously unwell.

Unlike the cases of Cornelia Rau and Vivian Alvarez Solon, they attract little sympathy because they are convicted criminals. Some, such as Robert Jovicic and Ali Tastan, have been allowed to return after being found destitute and ill living on foreign streets.

Others, such as so-called ''one-woman crime wave'' Patricia Toia, have strained diplomatic relations by allegedly committing crimes upon arrival in the country of their birth.

News of Mr Moore's death has spread among critics of migration policy, who see it as the most egregious example yet of a heartless deportation regime.

Peshawa Shalley, a staff member at Central Park Hotel in London, said Mr Moore checked out after a couple of days despite his ground-floor room being booked for a month.

The Metropolitan Police said they were called to a block of flats 15 kilometres away in South Lambeth Road on October 23, where a seriously injured man was lying on the footpath outside.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital and an autopsy was inconclusive. The death is being treated as unexplained and detectives are investigating it, a New Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Mr Moore was no angel. His problems with alcohol and the law began aged 14 and culminated in a conviction for manslaughter after he stabbed a drinking buddy in a drunken brawl in 2000.

But his son, his parents, his siblings, nieces and nephews and ex-wife all fought to keep him in Australia, promising to support him if released.

Mr Moore's family have so far declined to comment on his death.

4 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with sending someone back - more countries should do it, but is not politically correct to do so.

Anonymous said...

Doberman should sit up and take notice.

Dachshund said...

It therefore becomes logical to exterminate criminals instead of creating all kinds of pc problems.

Viking said...

Best thing to do with criminals is to find an island somewhere and send them all there.

O, wait .....