Abos Can Scunge Of (sic) Us

It is true that newly arrived refugees have higher unemployment rates than the community average. This is not unexpected. Amongst the refugee arrivals are people who have been tortured and deeply traumatised. This can interfere with employment. There are also a significant number of entrants whose qualifications are not recognised in Australia and they need time to make adjustments. There is also the issue of learning English. Refugees are entitled to 510 hours of free English language instruction which must be taken in the first 2 years – and it is beneficial that the entrants do this as they are unlikely to do this later.

The fact that refugees “come from behind” in the employment stakes highlights the need for specifically targeted intervention programs that recognise issues such as their trauma, their unrecognised qualifications and their lack of English. Targeted programs that do this have shown that they are very successful at placing refugees in the workforce. If we are to bring refugees to Australia (and it is Australia’s decision that we do so) it is important that we recognise their specific needs and address these. If we do this, we will reap the benefits. Most refugees want to work, both to restore their damaged sense of self esteem and to repay what they see as their debt of gratitude to Australia for providing them with protection.

Whether “refugees take our jobs” is the sort of question that has no easy answer. Refugees do compete for jobs but they are also consumers. Because they arrive with nothing they have to purchase household goods, clothing etc, all of which provides jobs for the people who make and sell these commodities.

17 thoughts on “Abos Can Scunge Of (sic) Us

  1. It always cracks me up when racists get bent out of shape that immigrants are supposedly taking their jobs. This is about the same time that they’re saying that immigrants have poor hygiene, are lazy and should learn to speak the language.

    So….you’re telling me that someone who smells bad, doesn’t speak English and refuses to work is more appealing to an employer than you are? Wow. Not exactly a glowing endorsement for yourself now, is it?

  2. Refugees take jobs which our precious xenophobes will not do – such as forensic cleaning (cleaning fire-damaged premises or premises where human or animal remains have decomposed), fruit-picking, abattoir work and caring for the frail elderly in nursing homes.

    Nursing home managers speak very highly of African women who work with their clients. African cultures have a deep respect for the elderly and great patience with the demands of people with dementia.

    Of course our xenophobes would rather be home on Centrelink benefits watching daytime soaps or churning out yet another kid for the booby bonus.

    • Agreed Josh. This deep respect for the elderly is also present in many Asian cultures so you will see a lot of Asians working in this industry also.

    • in regards to josh on africans working in nursing homes, both my parents do full time work in different nursing homes and they are struggling now to keep there shifts as mainly africans and indians come in and try to take all the shifts away from them. i am not racist but this minority are not working hard and are telling lies to the bosses to try and get my parents sacked as they want more work for themselves. they may work up to 70 hours a week and supposedly send there wages back to there home country anyway, this is what they say themselves.
      Is that fair?

      • Nobody wants to steal jobs from anyone else. They want to get jobs full stop. If an employer wants to choose a person who is prepared to work harder, that’s the prerogative of the employer. And if you’re looking to blame anyone, blame the employer.

        What they do with ‘THEIR’ wages is none of your business.

      • Nobody wants to steal jobs from anyone else. They want to get jobs full stop. If an employer wants to choose a person who is prepared to work harder, that’s the prerogative of the employer. And if you’re looking to blame anyone, blame the employer.

        What they do with ‘THEIR’ wages is none of your business.

      • Nobody wants to steal jobs from anyone else. They want to get jobs full stop. If an employer wants to choose a person who is prepared to work harder, that’s the prerogative of the employer. And if you’re looking to blame anyone, blame the employer.

        What they do with ‘THEIR’ wages is none of your business.

      • Nobody wants to steal jobs from anyone else. They want to get jobs full stop. If an employer wants to choose a person who is prepared to work harder, that’s the prerogative of the employer. And if you’re looking to blame anyone, blame the employer.

        What they do with ‘THEIR’ wages is none of your business…

  3. I have a couple of African friends who came as refugees. Two speak English plus three other languages including French very fluently. They work hard as interpreters plus stacking shelves at the supermarket at night. On top of this, one of those friends is doing a double degree plus a tafe course. I’d like to see the complaining know- nothing bogans work as hard as these blokes.

    • Willy,
      The REAL problem is that your African friends aren’t white.
      Every other reason is just an excuse given to justify white supremacy because racial superiority has been bunked by science.
      Poor racists, scientific re search isn’t making their life easier. 😦

  4. I agree with you except for one point… 0 refugees are terrorists. This CANNOT be substantiated due to the fact that to protect themselves from persecution or prosecution some destroy their identifying documentation. Also from some countries (EG NEPAL) it is perfectly possible to change ALL of your details. Date of birth, name, parents and even PASSPORT number. (Just a fact)

    As for the racists… Pack of scum and I am referring to racists of ALL nationalities. Racism isn’t bound to the white population of the world. Having entered into a mixed marriage I’ve found myself defending my choice in partner and also being the victim of racism from people from his nationality even to the point of not being considered a ‘real wife’ because I am not of his cast let alone nationality.

    People need to be able to separate race from religion. Refugees from terrorists. Indonesia is one perfect example. Same nationality and two different religions, at war with each other committing horrendous atrocities against each other just like during the Balkan war.

    Extremists create terror, not religious people.

    As to the Bacon episode in KFC (Which BTW caught on huge overseas)… Why wouldn’t KFC/Mcdonalds etc have Halal/Kosher restaurants. It makes perfect business sense.

    Until you’ve spoken to a person who remembers running through a field in Cambodia at age 5, being fired upon by semi-auto weapons and having their mother wailing over their dead husband, one cannot even begin to understand the impact of war and terror/conflict upon asylum seekers.

    Yes some are a little troublesome but if you had known no other life than war… You might be slightly screwed up as well. Kids deserve to have a childhood regardless of where they are from.

    As to jobs… Anyone can take your job. GET REAL!

  5. What Mr Poofterson and friend fail to realise is that apart from Aborigines we all originated in other parts of the world…not Australia. Haas for example has Ashkenazi Jewish origins and anyone who chooses ‘Poofterson’ as their profile name…well, it says it all really. Thanks to whoever posted the statisics on Australian Asylum seekers, puts it all into perspective…well done.

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