‘ Fake refugees’ fac­ing de­por­ta­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.”

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