The federal government is considering ramping up monitoring of refugees and cutting direct access to permanent residency, according to a leaked draft government document.
The document outlines sweeping changes immigration minister Peter Dutton is proposing to mitigate community risk and it cites ‘links between terrorist attacks on Australian soil and its humanitarian intake’, the ABC reports.
The immigration department will ‘apply additional screening criteria to the 12,000 Syrian intake and extend this, where possible on a risk basis, to the humanitarian program,’ the document says.
The document singles out the Lebanese community, as the ‘most prominent ethnic group amongst Australian Sunni extremists’.
‘Australia’s historical experience with the Sunni Lebanese community illustrates potential community safety and national security risks associated with unsuccessful integration,’ it said.