Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmers
Australian immigration and asylum Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmers
Home affairs minister Peter Dutton says the group deserves âspecial attentionâ due to the âhorrific circumstancesâ they face at home
White South African farmers âdeserve special attentionâ from Australia due to the âhorrific circumstancesâ of land seizures and vio lence, Peter Dutton has said.Ramaphosa set to purge cabinet of Zuma cronies in war on corruption Read more
The home affairs minister told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday his department was examining a range of methods to fast-track their path to Australia on humanitarian or other visa programs.
South Africaâs new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is pursuing legal changes to allow appropriation of farm lands without compensation for redistribution to black South Africans.
The policy has led to reports, including in the Australian media, that white farmers are being murdered at a rate of more than one per week.
âIf you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, itâs a horrific circumstance they face,â Dutton said.
The home affairs minister noted Australia has refugee, humanitarian and other visa programs which have the âpotential to help some of these peopleâ. He said he had asked his department to look at the options âbecause from what I have seen they do do need help from a civilised country like oursâ.Q&A: Australia's immigration rate should be cut in half, Bob Carr says Read more
âThe people weâre talking about want to work hard, they want to contribute to a country like Australia,â Dutton said.
âWe want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare. And I think these people deserve special attention and weâre certainly applying that special attention now.â
Dutton suggested options included the in-country persecution visa category, and to bring them to Australia on humanitarian visas via referrals from others in Australia.
He said the home affairs department was looking at ways to help âsome of these horrific casesâ and suggested an announcement could be made shortly.
Asked if this could be achieved with the South African gov ernmentâs cooperation, Dutton replied Australia âcan work with governments all around the worldâ.Topics
- Australian immigration and asylum
- South Africa
- Peter Dutton
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