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 migrants and so on. Moreover, some examples will be given to show how strict that Australia’s policy is to these illegal migrants, how its policy influence the human rights and what changes Australia’s government has made in these years. Since 1958, immigration has been regulated according to the Migration Act 1958[1](Commonwealth Consolidated Acts, 2005) which took the place of the numerous Acts of immigration legislation which were authorized in 1901, and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs[2] executes government policy on immigration under the Migration Act 1958. In Australia, its immigration policy asserts that “Australia has a non-discriminatory immigration policy, which means that anyone from any country can apply to migrate, regardless of their religion and ethnic origin, their gender, colour or any other physical appearance.” (DIMIA, 2002) Nowadays there are two immigration programs that allow ... ... middle of paper ... ...Reporter: Tony Jones, TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT, Broadcast: 23/03/2005, URL: ² Mercer, Phil, 2005, Australia Decides to Free Some Immigration Detainees, Voice of America, --------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] Australia immigration law--Migration Act 1958, long title: An Act relating to the entry into, and presence in, Australia of aliens, and the departure or deportation from Australia of aliens and certain other persons [2] Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs’ short form is DIMIA. [3] The Uniting Church in Australia, Asylum Seeker and Refugee Policy Paper, 2001, p. 7 [4] DIMIA, 2004,

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