Australia would probably benefit from an influx of skilled people. It's got the space, and it does try to attract the "right" kind of immigrants with skills it wants. The problem is that Syrians are mostly Muslims, and there is a perceived culture clash. Actually Syrians are quite progressive, relatively speaking, which is why they are fleeing the hard core old-school guys from ISIS.
It's a hard sell to people who have Pavolvian conditioning to instantly feel fear and panic when they hear words like "Islam".