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Australia’s Migration Lowest in 10 Years

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AUSTRALIA’s migration rate is the lowest it’s been in 10 years, largely due to Peter Dutton and the way the Department of Home Affairs has cracked down on “fraudulent” migrants.

In the past financial year, the nation’s migration rate has dropped by 10 per cent with 21,000 less people being allowed into Australia.

Speaking on the Today show this morning, the Home Affairs Minister said the drop was about “restoring integrity to our border”.

“Looking more closely at the applications that are made. Making sure that we’re bringing the best migrants possible into our country,” Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton said the people who were being rejected the most were those making “fraudulent claims”, admitting some people trying to gain access to Australia were “overstating their qualifications” with false documents.

The nation’s immigration intake hasn’t been this low since John Howard was prime minister.

The 2017/18 intake plummeted to 162,417 and there has been a 46 per cent increase in visa refusals, while skilled migrant numbers dropped by more than 12,000, and the family stream was cut by 15 per cent to 47,732.

“I want to make sure we scrutinise each application so we’re getting the best possible migrants,” Mr Dutton said on Today.

“People who are going to work. Not be on welfare. People who will integrate into our community.”

Mr Dutton said one area the Department of Home Affairs was specifically cracking down on was false relationships and accused the Labor government of “ticking and flicking” through applications to meet the annual target of 190,000 migrants.

“We want to make sure particularly that people coming through the spousal program that they are in legitimate relationships,” he said.

Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese agreed with Mr Dutton, telling Today the government had toughened up the system.

“Of course it’s a good result if there’s more integrity in the system,” Mr Albanese told Nine.

Despite the drastic drop, Today host Ben Fordham insisted Australia’s migration system was still “pretty generous” — a claim Mr Dutton agreed with.

“We still have a pretty generous approach to things though. It’s not like we’ve turned off the taps. There are still plenty of people coming here because they want to live in the greatest country on earth,” Fordham said.

Mr Dutton replied: “Of course. We’re a destination for many people. 65 million people in the world that are displaced.

“Our country is built on migration. We’ve had wonderful people who have come to our country over a long period of time. We have a lot to protect. Lot of values that those migrants believe in strongly. Ultimately apart from our indigenous population all of us are from migrant stock. We want to make sure we get the best people into our country so we can protect our

values. As you say we’ve been listening to concerns that Australians have had.”

Australia’s deportation rates are also on the rise after the Migration Act was amended in 2014 that enforces all migrants pass and maintain a “character test” to stay here.

The amendment gave Mr Dutton the powers to expel anyone he deems a risk to Australian society and has resulted in thousands of deportations since December 2014 when the law was changed.


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Wow, 46% increase in visa refusals 


If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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A lot of Kiwis seem to have been deported which I have no issue with- not as if they were going back to a 3rd world country and starvation!

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29 minutes ago, starlight7 said:

A lot of Kiwis seem to have been deported which I have no issue with- not as if they were going back to a 3rd world country and starvation!

Fair enough if they are criminals and I should thing the same applies for Aussie crims being deported from NZ.

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People being deported has nothing to do with the migration rate.

But we definitely lower immigration.

Melbourne and Sydney are struggling to cope and the pressure on house prices needs to be reduced.


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People being deported has nothing to do with the migration rate.
But we definitely lower immigration.
Melbourne and Sydney are struggling to cope and the pressure on house prices needs to be reduced.


I think that’s probably more to do with the easy availability of money for investors than immigration

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