Myth: "Boat people are queue jumpers"
If you were living in Syria at the moment, what would you do?
There is no single orderly refugee registration and settlement program. There is no queue. People flee persecution, terror and war and stop when they find a safe haven.
There is no standard refugee process where people wait in line to have their applications considered. Few countries between the Middle East and Australia are signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention, and as such people seeking asylum are forced to continue to travel to another country to find protection.
According to the Australian Parliamentary Library:
There is no orderly queue for asylum seekers to join. Only a very small proportion of asylum seekers are registered with the UNHCR and only about one per cent of those recognised by the UNHCR as refugees who meet the resettlement criteria are subsequently resettled to another country.
For more information:
Debunking the Myths about Asylum Seekers
Debunking the Myths about Asylum Seekers 2nd Edition
Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts?