The Courier-Mail

Foreigners kicked out


NEW laws giving the Government mandatory powers to kick foreigners with Australian visas out of the country after they commit a serious crime have led to a 660 per cent increase in people shown the door.

Almost 600 visa holders convicted of violent crimes, drug traffickin­g and pedophilia have been removed from Australia.

Some 580 people were kicked out of the country last financial year compared to 76 in 2013-14. Last month, 121 people had their visas torn up, 33 of those from Queensland.

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