Figures released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) show that a record number of travellers remained in Australia illegally after their visas had expired last year.
In the 12 months to June 2012
19,570 people outstayed their leave to remain in Australia. This is double the
number who did so in 2007 (9330). In the month of April 2012 alone, 4,300 people
outstayed their permission to remain. The figures show that a lower percentage
of overstayers were deported from Australia last year than five years ago. 8,320
of the 19,570 were deported at a cost of around AUS$35-40m.
spokesman told The Australian newspaper that this was partly because many of
those who overstayed were holidaymakers who did so by mere days and often by
mistake. The fact that they had not been removed did not therefore mean that
they were still in the country.
The spokesman said 'In 2011-12, more
than 99% of more than 4.8m temporary entrants complied with the requirement to
leave Australia prior
to their visa expiring.'
He added Immigration compliance operations
have actually led to about a 25% increase in the number of visa overstayers and
other unlawful non-citizens being detected and either removed from Australia or
having their status regularised.'
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