Australian minister calls for tougher rules on refugees

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 16 May 2017, 21:24:57
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Australian minister calls for tougher rules on refugees

Australian minister calls for tougher rules on refugees
CANBERRA, May 16 (AP): Australia's immigration minister on Tuesday urged tougher refugee rules that would deport refugees who took vacations in countries where they claimed to fear persecution.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton canceled the protection visas of six Iranians last year after discovering that they had returned to their homeland, where they claimed to fear for their lives.

But all six were allowed to stay in Australia after they successfully appealed to a court that hears public complaints about government decisions, News Corp. newspapers reported.

Rulings from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal can also be appealed in civil courts in what Dutton described as a "legal roundabout" and an "endless cycle of decision reviews."

The Australian system was "too generous" to asylum seekers and needed to be tightened with new laws, Dutton said.

"If you're claiming that you've got on a boat and come to our country to flee persecution from country X, and then you're heading back there to get married or heading back there for a family vacation, then really there is no validity to your claim," Dutton told Adelaide Radio FiveAA.

One Iranian claimed to have been on an Iranian wanted list and fled that country on a fake passport, newspapers reported.

After Australia accepted his refugee claim, he applied for an Iranian passport and used it to fly back to his homeland.

Another Iranian returned to Iran three times after becoming a refugee in Australia, once to marry, newspapers reported.

Two family members claimed to be stateless when they were accepted as refugees. Their story unraveled when a relative who wanted to join them in Australia provided evidence that all three were Iranian citizens.

An Iranian couple claimed in their protection visa application that they had no identity documents, but later returned to Iran on Iranian passports.
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