The Philippines says it has a basic knowledge of the issues associated with taking the Muslim ‘refugee’ migrants that Australia wants to off-load onto the country.
The major problem is that the Philippines already has a major problem with Muslim terrorists and is not looking to expand the problem by adding those from a nearby country.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said his country cannot afford to take in Australian-processed refugees permanently, or for that fact, at all.
Aquino said the country was “seriously considering” and “studying” a proposal by the Australian government for his country to take the refugees – but many factors are hampering the possibilities of that ever happening.
In early October, Australia’s immigration said the two countries were in talks about a potential deal, where Australia would basically pay money to the Philippines to relocate the refugees.
A statement from the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department said that the two sides discussed refugees and their obligations under international law.
Aquino said, “If this proposed agreement is not one of a transitory nature, is not one of just being a transit point but actually relocating these people here. … We feel we are not in a capacity at this point in time to afford permanent residency to these people.”
The Philippines has made it clear that it is not up to any permanent resettlement of the Muslim refugees – the media has been accused of glossing over the ‘permanent’ status of the influx of the group.
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