If you read my previous blog entry on the question of the Australian policy with regard to boat people, I pointed out what a benefit both illegal and legal immigrants are to the host country and what a service we do to that country.
The Australians in their reply merely say that they will give some assistance to the Education sector, and will return the Boat people within 72 hours, that after my blog entry that clearly said that it was the only way to reduce the problem or eliminate it forever. I am sure the Australian Foreign Minister did not read my blog entry, but it was obvious to any thinking person that it was the only solution to this seemingly intractable problem, that puts Sri Lanka in bad light when its citizens seek to leave its shores illegally!
Anyway I did point out that with the point system of Immigration, Australia, ONLY wants those who are the MOST suitable to enter that country. They are in simple terms the best people in all respects for any host country to receive.
Sadly life is such that human beings always want what is best for them. Who can deny them that right? So when Australia a more developed and seemingly wealthy country wishes to pick and choose our most highly educated and productive labor, who can have a better quality of life there, they ARE in fact giving AID to Australia for that value.
Sri Lanka HAS RAISED THEM, PROVIDED HELATH CARE AT STATE EXPENSE INCLUDING THEIR ANTE NATAL, POST NATAL COSTS, EDUCATED THEM, TRAINED THEM, GIVEN THEM EXPERIENCE both at the cost to the state and to their families.
I have valued it at about US$500M per annum. So if we seem thankful that they are giving us US$40M over many years, we are rather foolish if slavish to these gifts! I propose we ask the Australians to give us a sum per person they accept. Then they will think twice about wanting them, when they have to pay for them.
Only when you pay for something do you understand how much someone is worth.
When you get them free, and they even have to pay for their travel to Australia, who DO NOT appreciate their worth in public, whilst in private you are laughing all the way to the bank. So Australian Foreign Minister PLEASE don’t take us for fools, and realize that we are supporting your country and have done so worth Billions of US$s especially over the past 40 years when our best have gone there!