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The combination of tougher border controls and a determination to only take the best candidates has crashed Australia’s migrant numbers to a 10-year low.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the annual intake of permanent migrants fell by 20,000 last year to 162,000 on the back of a fall in both skilled and family visas.
The article goes on to state the following:
This was the lowest in a decade and attributable to tighter vetting procedures, AFP reports, with dishonest applications in the government’s crosshairs.
“We’re making sure that people who do become part of our Australian family are coming here to work, not to lead a life on welfare,” he told reporters in the Queensland state capital Brisbane.
“If you have a robust migration program like we have, and you are assured of the entrants coming in through the programme, that they are going to be productive, that they are going to work hard, they aren’t going to lead a life on welfare … you will see increased economic benefit.”
Breitbart further reported:
Even those found to be genuine refugees are barred from Australia if they try and cross the border illegally.
The United Nations and aid groups have consistently slammed Canberra’s tough policy of engagement with illegal arrivals.
Mr. Dutton defended the policy as a deterrent against people-smugglers saying Australia will only give refuge to those seeking asylum through legitimate channels.
“Last year we had the biggest offshore intake (of refugees) into our country that we’ve seen in decades,” he said. “We did that because we’ve secured our borders.”
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