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    once the weather improves. Plus those coming from Syria and the Middle East.

    Australia showed that people respond to incentives - once it became clear that asylum in Australia wouldn't be granted boat numbers dropped to dramatically. The number of drownings dropped to zero after the policy change in 2014.

    Is there any prospect of European leaders following that example? Australia still takes in a relatively high number of refugees, but not those simply arriving by boat.



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    I think it is unlikely for the EU and individual European countries to follow in the example of Australia because big decisions have to be made together and a unified decision by all 28 member states to not allow asylum seekers is extremely unlikely. Most European nations agree that Syrians and Iraqis fleeing the war there should be granted asylum.
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    Agree with the above poster. Unless the EU is able to find a means to agree on this crisis in a unified manner I doubt we'll see numbers like that anytime soon.
 
 
 
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