The Australian Federal Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton has announced today that White South African farmers “deserve special attention” from Australia due to the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence.
Mr Peter Dutton announced that his department will as examining a range of methods to fast-track their path to Australia on humanitarian or other visa programs.
South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is pursuing a policy of appropriating farmlands without compensation for redistribution to black South Africans.
The policy has led to reports, including in the Australian media, that white farmers are being murdered at a rate of more than one per week.
The home affairs minister noted Australia has refugee, humanitarian and other visa programs which have the potential to help some of the displaced White South African people.
The Australian Humanitarian Programme will increase to 16,250 places in 2017-18.
The Australian Government remains committed to a strong Humanitarian Programme focused on assisting vulnerable people overseas entering under a planned, orderly process. Australia plays a leading role in global efforts to assist refugees and continues to rank as one of the top three resettlement countries each year, along with the United States and Canada.
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