Despair over fresh crackdown on asylum seekers

‘Draconian and dangerous’: Despair over fresh crackdown on asylum seekers

Michael Koziol in the SMH – 26 February 2017

Asylum seekers have been told they will lose their welfare payments, bridging visas and right to seek asylum unless they urgently submit applications for protection, as the Turnbull government cracks down on the “legacy caseload” of boat arrivals.

The Department of Immigration has begun issuing warning notices to hundreds of the approximately 12,000 asylum seekers in the community who came to Australia by boat prior to July 2013 but are yet to make applications for refugee status.

Asylum seekers who failed to respond to the 60-day warning are now being told their payments are being ceased and that if they do not apply in 14 days, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton may rescind their right to make an asylum claim in Australia.

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