Australia Closes Border to Refugee Boats
“From now on, any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees,” said Mr Rudd.
So far more than 15,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Australia by boat. In addition to the strain being put on the countries immigration system, many of these people are also putting their lives in danger by travelling in unseaworthy vessels.
Under the new system all refugees who arrive in Australia by boat would be sent directly to neighbouring Papua New Guinea (PNG) for assessment. If found to have a valid claim for asylum, they would then also be resettled in PNG.
In addition to the new rules on arrivals by boat, Mr Rudd announced that Indonesian an a had agreed to toughen its visa requirements for Iranian citizens. A large proportion of the number of asylum seekers arriving in Australian recently have been Iranians travelling through Indonesia.
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