There are two main perspectives of many as to how to view and deal with the issue of ‘asylum seekers’. One is from an economic rationalist viewpoint, the other is from a humanistic, compassionate perspective.
Economic rationalist- Currently we are ‘wasting' over $400,000 p.a. per person on imprisoning people seeking asylum in offshore detention centres. For less than 10% of this figure we could process these people onshore and place them in the community on a bridging visa. For those people who are granted asylum many ask what will we do with them and what about the jobs they take.
Jobs are created through people. No people and there are no jobs. The more people we have, the more jobs are there created through an increased need for houses, food, education, etc. On top of this we currently operate a flawed 457 visa scheme where many people inappropriately take many Australian jobs and worse still much of this earned money goes offshore. If we replaced these people on 457’s with people seeking asylum we would be saving many millions of dollars. Not only would millions saved on offshore detention costs we would also be employing people who would be putting much of their wages back into the local economy rather than sending much of it offshore. This approach would be cash flow positive for our budget.
Compassionate path - Probably best summed up by paraphrasing an old quote. ‘Sometimes the longest journey a politician takes is the one from their head to their heart.’