Australia’s Dismal Refugee Camps a Populist Model for Europe
Misery is their answer. European populist politicians have embraced Australia’s draconian immigration policies as a model for their continent, mainly, say critics, to keep Muslims away. The U.N.’s refugee convention requires nations to care for refugees who reach their shores, but Australia stops them in the water. Migrants are forced back or detained on islands plagued by violence, each costing Australian taxpayers some $315,000 annually. That’s preferable, say populists from French nationalist Marine Le Pen to Breitbart News’ Stephen Bannon, to providing rescue boats, housing and hope — thus encouraging the next wave.