Wondering why we have had 15,000 plus illegal immigrants since the 2007?
It’s because it’s a well organised scam and we’re too stupid to realise we’re being conned.
You see the people smugglers have this awesome product for sale – Australian residency – and to get it all you have to do is hand over your cash, and follow a few basic instructions.
For a passage to Australia, another popular destination, the smuggler offered an all-expenses-included trip for $11,500. Like others in his trade he recommended Australia, promising it was a soft touch on granting asylum.
“Australia gives citizenship if you have a good story,” he said. “I am 100% sure that after spending six months in a [processing centre] in Australia you will get citizenship if you do not lose your temper and have warning documents from the Taliban saying you can’t live in Kabul.”
He also trains his clients to stick to their story: “They will know you are lying, but as long as you say the same thing whatever they ask you, you will be fine.”
And when they do get intercepted by Australian officials, they discard their passports.
Of the 3237 asylum-seekers who admitted to flying to Indonesia on a passport, 3200 (98.8%) did not have any travel documents when they arrived in Australia.
People-smugglers routinely advise their clients to discard their identity documents before arriving in Australia.
The refugee status assessment process operates primarily on a risk model, meaning there can be significant advantages to inventing false identities and claims of persecution.
So long as they can stick to their fictional story, happy days – one free Australian Residency and you know what, they can now bring over other members of their family under the family reunion provision.
Meanwhile the real genuine refugee gets either bumped further back in the queue or worse gets dropped completely.
Under Labor, we are such suckers.