|Immigration Minister Peter Dutton|
The government is also giving precedence to families rather than single men.
Australia will minimise its intake of single Sunni men as it vets the 12,000 Syrian refugees the government has pledged to take from Syria, prioritising instead Christian family groups who can never return home.
As Malcolm Turnbull fended off suggestions he had conflated the European refugee crisis with the terror attacks in Brussels and Paris, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Australia had “a problem’’ with second and third-generation migrants who become extremists.
Speaking after Belgium’s ambassador to Australia, Jean-Luc Bodson, chided the government for connecting the Brussels terror attack with Europe’s migrant policies, Mr Dutton said some European countries had adopted a “more passive’’ approach to terrorism and the challenges it posed to Western values.
“There’s been a different approach in some European nations to terrorists, a more passive approach,’’ Mr Dutton said. “That’s not the case in Australia. We’re not going to tolerate any view at all which is designed to kill off the Australian way of life or cause mass harm.’’
Mr Dutton also drew a connection between Australia’s migration program and homegrown extremists, many of whom have been second-generation Lebanese or Afghan migrants.
“We have a problem in this country with second or third-generation new Australians and people that are radicalising online, people who believe that they owe some allegiance to another part of the world.’’
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