Australian government is offering $3,300 to Pakistani asylum-seekers on their voluntarily flight to home land, a report said Saturday.
Those, returning to Lebanon from Australian Pacific immigration detention centers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and Nauru, were offered the highest amount of Australian $10,000. Iranians and Sudanese were given $7,000 on dropping bids for refugee status while Afghans $4,000 and asylum-seekers from Pakistani, Nepal and Myanmar $3,300. Previously, the administration governed by Labor until last September, the payments were much lower, ranging between $1,500 and $2,000. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said “return packages” is a standard practice throughout the world. “It has been the standard practice for more than a decade for settlement packages to be offered to those who voluntarily return home,” Morrison said. The packages are tailored individually for every person who decides to voluntarily return home, he said. “The packages range (in terms of) value and it’s not just in terms of any financial element, but also training, support and other issues to assist people to get on their feet when they return,” he added. Richard Marles, the Labor’s immigration spokesman, said the government should ensure for well processing of asylum-seekers’ claims instead issuing “blank cheques”. Australia has dried up the attempts to arrive at the country from ocean by introducing a refusal policy on such asylum seekers. Toughened asylum policy for those arriving on illegally by boats and increased compensation, lead them to voluntarily return to their country of origin.