Australian contribution to Cambodia: more poors!

What if you are an Iranian man with a family that thinks that migration is the only way to open opportunities to your children and chooses a country like Australia. After so many hardships on the way, mostly by sea since 91% of illegal migrants to that country enter by boats, you are detained and scheduled to be relocated in… Cambodia. Probably you will think all efforts to change your social situation has been in vain. It would not be difficult to guess that Australia is sending you to one of the poorest countries of Asia. Just this month the Thai Military Junta deported 200 thousand illegal Cambodian workers, a very expensive and arguably decision. But the fact is that near half million Cambodians are working in Thailand because they don’t think they can improve their standard of life in their own country. How is it possible that a country like Australia “donates” more poors to a poor country?

It must come from a very wrong mentality. Probably a certain xenophobia, racism and lack of humanism. How is it possible that a country made by migrants reaches so extreme policies such as dump poor people to a poor country? The evil is both sided: uncertainty for the migrants and more social problems for a society like Cambodia that is struggling to defeat poverty.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

2 responses to “Australian contribution to Cambodia: more poors!”

  1. BIlly Ananas says :

    It was also offered to Malaysia who also very glibly accepted to house such immigrants because all these ASEAN countries rule by false democracy! Laws are made to suit only the rich and powerful and elite of the ruling parties! The poor always have to make do with whatever is dished out !
    Cambodian government accepts the deal because of money inflow for manipulation ! Australia on the other hand cannot be forever accepting immigrants especially from Arab and Muslim countries and suspicious militant originating countries like Sri Lanka! Most if not all are economic refugees(if ever!) so they can stay in their own countries and improve the economy instead of parasiting on the rich and developed economies like Australia !

  2. ហែម​ សុខជា says :

    We don’t even have space for poor Cambodians. How come they send us more?

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