Australia Migrant Policy Success: One Year Without A ‘Successful People Smuggling Venture’
Australia has marked a full year without a “successful people smuggling venture” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said yesterday. The policy is not without its critics, but some European politicians are beginning to look on it as a blueprint for the Mediterranean migrant crisis.
Deutsche Welle reports Dutton was announcing that the border control reforms of December 2013 – Operation Sovereign Borders – have led to turning back 20 boats, preventing at least 633 people “from arriving in our country.” He continued:
“The fact that today we celebrate that we have not had a successful people smuggling venture in a year, and that over the course of the last 18 months or so we have turned back 20 boats and stopped 633 people from arriving in our country, is a significant achievement…
“…We have a very clear policy in place and that is that people who seek to come to our country by boat illegally will not settle in our country.”