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Synopsis The global phenomenon that has seen increasing numbers of people resorting to desperate ways of finding a safe haven has become a major challenge for Australians to reconcile with Australia is committed to protecting refugees and complying with its obligations which arise regardless of whether the applicant entered Australia lawfully or unlawfully Australia is taking a consistent position which provides protection to those persons who are assessed as engaging the governments obligations are ensuring that all claims are properly considered while meeting our responsibilities to maintain the integrity of Australias borders and migration programs CONTENTS INTRODUCTIONPAGE 2 NEW LAWS PAGE 2 DEFINITION OF TERMS PAGE 2 UNAUTHORISED ARRIVALS PAGE 3 DIMIA SUCCESSES PAGE 4 CURRENT LEGISLATION AMENDMENTS PAGE 5 CURRENT ACTS UNDER MIGRATION LEGISLATION PAGE 5 THE MIGRATION ACT PAGE 6 APPENDICIESPAGE 7 - Introduction Australia is among the few countries that have a planned non-discriminatory immigration program Anyone from any country can apply to migrate here regardless of his or her ethnic origin gender race or religion Australia is seldom a country of first flight or asylum for people forced to leave their own countries but it has consistently contributed to international responsibility for displaced people through its generous resettlement program In the last 10 years Australia has permanently resettled more than 130000 refugees and other persons in need As well Australia provided safe haven for 4000 Kosovars and 1800 East Timorese needing temporary protection New Laws In September 2001 the Federal Parliament passed a package of laws aimed at reducing the incentive for unlawful entry and the associated people smuggling activity Definition of Terms People who apply for recognition as refugees are called asylum seekers The seeking of asylum in itself is not illegal and Australia does not have a policy of detaining asylum
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