Several months ago it was announced that Australia would join other countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom in accommodating refugees whom were immediately affected by the Syrian crisis. Today the Department of Immigration and Border Protection introduced the first of 12,000 refugees whom will receive a humanitarian visa to relocate to Australia.
50 year old Osama Butti is a project manager whom lives in Iraq with his wife and three children. He is a well travelled and man with many of his contracts taking him overseas. His most recent project was closer to home in Baghdad in the notorious Green Zone and it was this project which bought to light how dangerous the situation was getting.
Mr Butti applied for a humanitarian visa back in August 2014 and received the good news that his application, sponsored by his daughter living in Sydney, was successful. The Butti family is amongst 100 refugees who will be able to relocate before Christmas.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Mr Peter Dutton advised that although some applications are very straight forward, a majority of the promised 12,000 intake, will take a lot longer to process.