Hi Ben, all,
I try to imagine myself in their position - often asylum seekers have fled dispossession, violence, political persecution or even the threat of death or torture in their own countries, and so it's understandable
that they might take a risk and get aboard a not totally safe vessel to flee to a better place - I think most people in Australia, in the same situation, might do the same. And so I too find appalling the way the mainstream media & both major political parties in our country often portray asylum seekers, as if we are being 'swamped' by them, when in reality they represent a tiny fraction
of total immigration. But this point is not generally known by the wider public!
It would 'cost' us little, but bring us much merit as a nation, if we would drop the irrational fear, and just do the ordinary, decent human thing - help those in dire need who come to us for assistance!