Why? Everyone lies, she says. And, besides asylees and refugees should be judged on what they can contribute to the receiving country and if they will assimilate —- good luck with that!
AYAAN Hirsi Ali has called for a radical change in the way refugees should be assessed.
Ms Hirsi Ali, arguably one of the most high-profile asylum-seekers in the world, believes the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees is out of date and unable to cope with the scale of migration, and says Australia is well-placed to lead moves to replace it.
Ms Hirsi Ali, a prominent critic of Islam, said it was futile for countries to attempt to establish the bona fides of would-be refugees, not least because many asylum-seekers will say anything in order to qualify for asylum.
She said refugee claims should be rigorously assessed on the applicant’s ability to make a contribution to the host nation and to accept its values and culture.
“Everybody lies,” she told The Australian yesterday.
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