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Build community support for migration: PM

AAP logoAAP 19/09/2016 Jennifer Rajca

Malcolm Turnbull will tell his world counterparts the need to build community support for migration has never been clearer at this time of global uncertainty about border control.

Addressing the United Nations summit on refugees and migration on Monday afternoon (local time) in New York, the prime minister will share the Australian story and call for more international co-operation in dealing with the movement of people globally.

"At a time when global concern around immigration and border control is rising, the need to build community support for migration has never been clearer," he will say.

Addressing irregular migration by securing borders has been essential in creating confidence that the Australian government can deal with migration that focuses on those who need humanitarian assistance the most.

"Without this confidence, we would not have been able to increase our intake of refugees - the world's third largest permanent resettlement program - by more than 35 per cent," Mr Turnbull will tell the gathering, citing the decision to accept an additional 12,000 Syrian refugees.

He will concede that not every country is an island and each must put in place policies to deal with its own circumstances.

"But the reality of people smuggling is one of profit from, and exploitation of, some of the most vulnerable people on earth," he will say.

"And we are all too familiar with the tragedy of lives lost at sea."

The prime minister will talk up the need for strong international co-operation to help refugees migrate, as well as returning those who can go home safely.

"Australia is committed to playing a role that provides resettlement options to genuine refugees, that sees our multicultural society grow from strength to strength, and that supports international efforts to help the most vulnerable."

Mr Turnbull will herald Australia as being one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world, with almost every UN member state represented in the population.

Drawing upon the success of SBS, he will speak of the public broadcaster's role in entertaining Australians by reflecting diversity, thus helping the community unite against extremism rather than be divided by it.

The summit, also to be attended by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, is a precursor to President Obama's high-level, invitation-only meeting on refugees to be held on Tuesday (local time) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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