One in five Aussies would open their homes to refugees

A survey has found that one in five Australians would let a refugee stay in their spare room. The survey
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A survey has found that one in five Australians would let a refugee stay in their spare room.

The survey was conducted by Fairfax and asked over 16,500 people from 23 countries if they would let a refugee temporarily stay at their home.

Australia’s results mean that we are more willing than Britain, France, Italy, Japan and South Korea to offer shelter to refugees, but less willing than the US, Germany and Turkey.

Anyone living in a metropolitan area is more likely than those living in regional areas to open up their homes, while those considered to be low-income earners are also more likely than middle- or high-income earners to throw down the welcome mat.

The results come just a week after Immigration Minister caused an uproar over his comments that refugees coming into Australia were “illiterate and innumerate” and would steal Aussie jobs.

The comments caused major backlash and heated debate, with Malcolm Turnbull forced to deliver a public endorsement of Mr Dutton, calling him “an excellent Immigration Minister”.

Aside from asking people if they would let a refugee stay with them, the poll also asked if Australia should accept more refugees into the country,

The results showed that 26 per cent of Australians agreed “a larger number of refugees” should be allowed to settle here compared to 46 per cent who disagreed and 28 per cent who neither agreed nor disagreed or didn’t know.

Australia currently has an agreement to accept 12,000 refugees from Syria.

How would you answer the question?

Would you let a refugee stay in your spare room? Do you think Australia should accept more refugees into the country?

  1. Robert Jones  

    Sure, I would be happy to have an immigrant or refugee stay at my house, for a time, and depending on the immigrant. I would probably be a bit wary of providing support for someone who didn’t share my general views on democracy, human rights and personal freedom. But when it comes down to it all prejudice is personal.

  2. Rikda  

    If you have to put conditions on their acceptance, then just say “no”
    The reason for this, as we have seen in Europe, the degree of their disingenuous behaviour indicate you may not be making the rules for long.
    Our entitlement scheme is a magnet for bludgers.

  3. Cathy  

    My answer is a big NO. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT AND WHO THEY ARE. Our culture is completely different. You hear of ‘refugees’ who in fact are radicals coming in disguise. Remember the Boston bombers and the kid who shot Curtis Cheng? They were all refugees!!! Sometimes being kind doesn’t always help. They aren’t grateful! They feel entitled!!!

  4. Once again we have another so called POLL trying to brainwash us into thinking that this Islamic invasion of the west is not at invasion at all but a bunch or poor refugees looking for a roof over their head and a place to bring up their family !
    What an absolute nonsense ! ….. the actual data collected on these people have shown quite clearly they are made up of educated people …. WITH money, WITH resources of their own, WITH knowledge about how to embed themselves into our society and ultimately vote out our way of life over a short period of 30 years or less !
    This is exactly what the chinese did to Tibet if you bother to learn about history.
    I can tell you what is NOT being reported are the number of rapes and murders taking place of people who have already ‘opened their doors’ to refugees and let them into their home …… how about you guys do a poll of those families and print the truth instead of this propaganda rubbish 1

    • Obviously the media never reported the British man who was murdered and cut into pieces as thanks!

  5. Your article states “A survey has found that one in five Australians would let a refugee stay in their spare room.

    THE HEADLINE OF THIS ARTICLE IS A COMPLETE LIE …. !! AND HERE IS WHY !

    The survey was conducted by Fairfax and asked over 16,500 people from 23 countries if they would let a refugee temporarily stay at their home.”
    16,500 PEOPLE FROM 23 COUNTRIES !!!!! REALLY ? HOW MANY WERE AUSTRALIAN ?
    1 in 5 is 20% ….. so …. that means 20% of Australians who were asked to poll their opinion ( if this poll was ever conducted BTW , I mean why is this not published in its entirety in the first place )
    so lets say somebody AT Fairfax polled 200 Australian homes, that means only 40 out of 200 said yes they would let out their spare room to someone they dont know, has no cultural connection, no income, no method of driving around, no money for property ( supposedly ) ….. were these 200 families polled Islamic families ? I bet they were !

    YOU CANNOT SAY 20% OF AUSSIES AGREED ….. THIS IS IMPLYING THAT 20% OF THE NATION HAS THIS VIEW, WHICH IS AN ABSOLUTE LIE AND DELIBERATE ACT OF FRAUDULENTLY REPRESENTATION OF THE FACTS !

    The article should have stated “20% of people polled ” then state how many and where, what background, what religious belief system they have etc …. you lot should be prosecuted for this …. it is a deliberate attempt to deceive the Australian public ……. which brings me to ask how many refugees are you willing to hire at your offices ? ?
    The silence is deafening ….

    • It’s not a matter of being kind and generous in terms of opening your house for a refugee; it’s simply trying to protect your family especially when you have very young children these days. To raise question like this is not only unfair but also unwise. I personally would not dare to welcome a total stranger to my house to stay not knowing whether their backgrounds at all! If Government help setting up a camp for them and asking for financial aid, then I’ll find it a more acceptable approach. Asking people to offer free accommodation honestly is a BIG ask – it’s not so much about the money nor inconvenience, it’s about your own safety!!

    • It’s not a matter of being kind and generous in terms of opening your house for a refugee; it’s simply trying to protect your family especially when you have very young children these days. To raise question like this is not only unfair but also unwise. I personally would not dare to welcome a total stranger to my house to stay not knowing whether their backgrounds at all! If Government help setting up a camp for them and asking for financial aid, then I’ll find it a more acceptable approach. Asking people to offer free accommodation honestly is a BIG ask – it’s not so much about the money nor inconvenience, it’s about your own safety!!

    • Well said Albert. I suggest that there are approximately 8,000,000 (eight million) households in Australia and if these drongos think that 16,500 is a “fair and reasonable” sample then I reckon that they are grossly Inane. No one can assume that such a small unrepresentive sample can be perceived to be anywhere near accurate …. I suggest that they return to writing comic strips.

  6. peter  

    We’ve had an Afgan Refuge living with us for about 6 months, it is a very rewarding experience ………give it a go.
    he (19 yr old) is very accepting of our different values as we are respectful of his.

  7. Keith Schadel  

    A very dubious and politically correct headline, typical Fairfax left wing source. 23 Countries, 16,500 interviewees,
    As a person who used extensive surveys for business decisions, l can assure you that there are many ways you can interpret statistics, to make them fit your way of influencing. The spread of Countries and the small data base, make this survey a sham. It is impossible to deduce that 20% of Australians would take a refugee in,

  8. Heike  

    Sure, if it is a family and if they are Christian refugees. As I believe that in Christ we are equal and it will build bridges.
    However, I would say NO to Islam religion, as it commands killing of Christians.

  9. Geoff  

    Anyone who welcomes Muslims to this country is blind.Look at UK & Europe-they are finished as western democratic countries. God help us all.

  10. Carol Cranage  

    Yes I would be very happy to have a refugee family staying in my home.

  11. Nancy Brenton  

    I think Albert is one smart gentleman and totally agree with him.

  12. Anne Lacy-Herbert  

    I wonder how many of that 26% of “Australians” would be willing to welcome the homeless Australians we have in this country into their homes?

    I totally agree with Albert.

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