‘ Fake refugees’ facing deportation
ONLY 71 “fake refugees” face immediate deportation after a crackdown resulted in thousands of asylum seekers lodging pleas for protection.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton this year set an October 1 deadline for about 7500 asylum seekers to make a protection claim or be deported.
The asylum seekers were part of a “legacy caseload” who arrived by boat between late 2012 and early 2014.
Mr Dutton yesterday said the deadline had prompted all but 71 of the asylum seekers to lodge claims, and those 71 would now be cut off from receiving government benefits.
Acting principal lawyer for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Noosheen Mogadam said: “Many were scared to come forward to lodge protection claims, given Australia’s ever- changing refugee policies and laws.”