Europe asks Aussies how to stop the refugees

Former PM Tony Abbott said ‘Stop the boats!’ — andimages-2 that was the end of that.

Jan. 15, 2017, various reports

Half a dozen European countries and the European Union have secretly asked Australia for advice on how to stop the flood of asylum-seekers crossing into Europe by boat.

The private talks have been held despite the European Union’s public rejection of Australia’s tough refugee policies.

While the EU publicly criticised calls by former prime minister Tony Abbott for Europe to adopt Australian policies, they discreetly asked Australian officials for advice on how to stop the boats.

Between 2009 and 2013 Australia faced a deluge of refugees arriving by boat from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The wave crested in 2013 with more than 20,000 unauthorized arrivals on 300 boats.
imagesIn 2013 Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party (Australia’s conservatives) came to power on a pledge to “stop the boats” — and did just that.

Tony Abbott has since been replaced as prime minister by fellow Liberal Malcolm Turnbull, but the policy remains the same. Refugees are not allowed to arrive in Australia by boat. — National Interest

Australia sent senior Border Force officials to Warsaw in November to address border protection agencies who are trying to stem the flow of boats across the Mediterranean, mainly from Libya to Greece and Italy.

It is understood Australia briefed the United Kingdom on its strategy, before former UK prime minister David Cameron urged EU leaders in March to follow the Australian example and turn back boats which were departing from Libya in northern Africa.

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