Quantcast
Thursday , August 17 2017
Breaking News
Home / International Customs / Australia / Australia to continue tough border protection measures against human smuggling
Australia to continue tough border protection measures against human smuggling

Australia to continue tough border protection measures against human smuggling

SYDNE:  The Australian Government will continue its tough border protection measures to manage illegal maritime arrivals and combat people smuggling, the high commission of Australia said.

“I am here to assure you that the Australian Government policy against maritime people smuggling is clear and has not changed,” Robyn Mudie, High Commissioner to Australia said.

“The government has taken a firm policy to stop people reaching Australia illegally by boat.”

In 2013 the Australian government introduced its toughest boarder protection measures called Operation Sovereign Borders, a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats prevent people from risking their lives at sea, and preserve the integrity of Australia’s migration program.

“The policy has changed and all of those measures still applies,” Mudie said. “If a person gets on a boat without a visa, they will not end up in Australia. The rules apply to everyone, families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. There are no exceptions to this policy.”

On 26 November 2014, Sri Lanka and Australia worked together to disrupt a people smuggling venture carrying 38 Sri Lankan nationals attempting to travel illegally by boat to Australia.

In July 2014, 41 Sri Lankan nationals were returned to Sri Lanka when their boat was intercepted by Australian authorities.

“There are two outcomes for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia,” Mudie said.

“They will be intercepted and safely removed from Australian waters or sent to another country for offshore processing.