Essay about Australia’s Policy on Illegal Migrants

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Australia’s Policy on Illegal Migrants Australian immigration has a long history, which began over 50,000 years ago when the ancestors of Australian Aborigines arrived via Indonesia and New Guinea. Britain colonized the country in 1788, before that, Europeans began landing the continent in the 1600’s and 1700’s. In recent decades Australia has faced the serious problem of large-scale illegal migration, which has occurred residents instability and unrest. In this essay, Australia’s immigration policy would be evaluated, especially on illegal migrants’ aspect. Some details will be given by questions that who illegal migrants are, where they come from and why they choose to become the illegal…show more content…
Foreigners currently living in Australia with one of temporary visas can apply to be permanent residence as well. The immigration program currently consists of family reunion which usually accounts for about 60 per cent of the program with the greatest numbers comprising spouses, finances, parents and children, and skilled and business migrant that will comprise approximately 20 per cent of the program and will be tightly controlled. DIMIA says that the migration program for 2004-05 has 120,000 places available for migrants, with a strong focus on attracting skilled people and people who agree to live in regional areas of Australia. However, the other program which called the humanitarian program is designed for refugees and others in special need. The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs says that the size of the 2004-05 humanitarian programs is 13,000 places In the 21st Century, it is very easy to become an illegal migrant. Besides Australia, Europe, Canada, USA, and all first world countries are now experiencing a significant influence of illegal migrants’ influx. Today, the most serious job for the immigration department is to keep illegal migrants out. According to Australia’s Migration Act 1958, it “requires that all non Australian citizens who are unlawfully in Australia be detained and that unless they are given permission to remain in
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