PP boy Jeremy Sear provides an insight into the motivations of desperate, destitute, asylum-seeking boat people:
If they had enough money to fly in, then presumably they’d just get a plane ticket. Hell of a lot safer, and you don’t end up on Christmas Island.So, according to Jeremy, they only opt for sea travel because they lack money for air fare. Odd that many apparently don’t bring the passports and other documentation that plane tickets would require. It’s also odd that they pay vastly more for sea travel than they’d pay for flights:
“… nearly $9,000 to smugglers for passage from Afghanistan to Australia …”Queue-jumping by sea ain't cheap.
Yeah, altogether I have paid $US12,000.
Afghan asylum-seekers being held in Indonesia have told how they paid people-smugglers between $US6000 and $12,000 to get them to Australia.
His father sold their family home and paid $4000 to a Sri Lankan smuggling agent to send him to Australia.
In all, including getting from Yemen to Indonesia, Poorvardi's father paid $US36,000 to seek asylum in a country they had only fleetingly heard of. Australia.
Mr Salah paid a people smuggler $US6000 ...