Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Australia: Keeping the illegals waiting

THE average time spent processing refugee claims has blown out to 165 days - nearly twice the government's 90-day target for appeals by asylum seekers. And the average time spent in detention for all unauthorised arrivals - including those whose claims have been rejected - stands at 213 days.

Information provided to The Australian Online by the Immigration Department confirms the numbers of boat arrivals are straining the detention network, causing blow-outs to processing times and longer stays for asylum seekers in detention.

In just over two years, 3438 visas have been granted to boat people with the majority coming from Afghanistan. Since 2008, only 190 asylum seekers had been removed from Australia including 15 who were removed involuntarily. At the end of last week there were still 6194 asylum seekers in detention 2526 on Christmas Island and 3668 in mainland facilities.

The department said the longest time in detention for a current detainee was almost three years. The person was doing a second stint in detention after being turned back once before. There are currently five boat people who have been in detention for two years or more.

The government announced last week it would open up a new $10 million detention facility 35 km southeast of Darwin because the current detention network was under pressure.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the new 1500-bed facility was necessary to prevent overcrowding in existing facilities.


Recent posts at CIS below

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1. The Carnegie Corporation and Immigration: How a Noble Vision Lost Its Way (Backgrounder)

2. Jessica Vaughan on Illegal-alien Murderer Who Was Set Free (Video)

4. Mojitos vs. Mogen David: Mi Primer Pensamientos de Hispanic Jews and Patriotic Assimilation (Blog)

5. My Great-Grandfather, President Obama, and Preserving Our Federal Lands (Blog)

6. USCIS Involves White House as It Streamlines H-1B Process (Blog)

7. House Panel Has Lively Session on Illegals' Impact on Black Workers (Blog)

8. Saintly Leadership? (Blog)

9. Should Employer Fines Be Cut Because of the Recession? (Blog)

10. Hatch Bill Targets Several Loopholes (Blog)

11. Multi-Tasking Coast Guard Does a Lot Besides Stopping Illegal Entries (Blog)

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