Australia to Spend Almost $3.4M for Every Asylum Seeker in Offshore Detention

It is the human right of brown people to cost your country millions of dollars.

Why can’t countries just come out and state “we don’t want people to come”?

It’s always some weird thing.

The Guardian:

Australia will spend nearly $812m on its offshore immigration processing system next year – just under $3.4m for each of the 239 people now held on Nauru or in Papua New Guinea.

On the figures presented in Tuesday’s budget, it costs Australian taxpayers $9,305 every day for each person held offshore.

The home affairs portfolio budget papers forecast $811.8m to be spent on offshore management next financial year, before dropping to a little over $300m annually the following year.

There are now 239 refugees and asylum seekers held offshore by Australia – 109 on Nauru and 130 in Papua New Guinea – putting the budget spend at $3.39m for each person next year.

A further 1,199 refugees and asylum seekers have been medically transferred from Australia’s offshore centres to onshore detention centres and community detention. No new asylum seekers or refugees have been sent to PNG or Nauru since 2014.

Guardian Australia reported last month that Canstruct, a Brisbane company whose chief executive is a Liberal party donor, has been paid more than $1.4bn over five years to run the offshore processing regime on Nauru, with seven consecutive amendments increasing its contract from $8m to $1.4bn.

The chief executive of the Refugee Council of Australia, Paul Power, said the continued commitment of hundreds of millions of dollars to offshore processing was a waste of taxpayers’ money and was being used to punish people.

To know that this allocation takes the amount spent by the current government over the past eight years to $8.3bn is appalling – $8.3bn spent to punish a group of people that at its peak was 3,127 people, and the great majority of whom have been found to need refugee protection.”

Power said people would be shocked that Australia’s offshore policy was still costing hundreds of millions of dollars, and nearly eight years after the 19 July 2013 cut-off mandating that people be sent offshore, more than half of the people who have arrived by boat have still not had their status resolved.

“There is no consistency in the government’s public position,” he said. “Somehow letting people out of detention, medically evacuating people from PNG and Nauru sent a message to people smugglers, whereas the US resettlement deal that has seen 900 people resettled in America sent no message at all.

“This policy has diminished Australia in the eyes of the world and has reinforced the most negative perceptions of this country.”

According to Paul Power, Australia is spending millions to punish people seeking asylum.