Another week of failure for people smugglers

2014-02-17 05:26:39 | Al Muslim News
Another week of failure for people smugglers


The latest weekly update for Operation Sovereign Borders reveals, once again, there has not been a single successful people smuggling venture to Australia by boat, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison said today. It has now been 57 days of consecutive failure for people smugglers. Over the same 57 days in 2012/13 a total of 1367 people arrived illegally on 23 boats, while in the same period in 2011/12, 528 people arrived on seven illegal boats. The last people smuggling venture that made it to Australia and had all passengers handed over to Australian immigration authorities was on December 19 last year. The effectiveness of the government's policies in stopping more arrivals is also seeing the pressure on detention facilities on Christmas Island reduce, as those who turned up illegally under Labor are also now being transferred to Nauru and Manus Island. When Operation Sovereign Borders commenced there were more than 2500 detainees on Christmas Island. In this latest report, the number of detainees has fallen to 1765. In addition, more voluntary and involuntary returns of illegal arrivals are occurring. Nine illegal arrivals were voluntarily returned to their country of origin from offshore processing centres. A further ten were voluntarily removed from other facilities while two others were involuntarily removed. I also congratulate the Australian Federal Police on their arrest of an alleged people smuggler facilitator in Queensland. This proves that the government will investigate and prosecute those in Australia who have or may seek to organise people smuggling ventures. The government's strong resolve and proven policies are ready to meet any possible challenge to our borders from criminal people smugglers attempting to put people on dangerous boat journeys to Australia..

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