The Department of Immigration and Border Protection released the latest national figures on Thursday, which show the number of asylum seekers entering the country in the year to March 2018 is at its lowest level since the early 1990s.
The latest data showed there were 961,000 asylum seekers arriving in Australia, down 6 per cent on the year before.
However, the figures showed the number who entered Australia illegally increased from the year prior.
Immigration minister Scott Morrison said the figures were « a testament to the hard work and dedication » of border protection officers.
« I’d like to thank our colleagues across the border who have put in so much time and effort to protect Australia’s borders, » he said.
He said there were no plans to raise the threshold to 120,000 to protect the borders.
« I think we’re going to be in a position where the numbers coming in are going to continue to decline, » he told ABC Radio.
« I think the people that are coming in will continue to go home. »
So we’ve made a very good start on the reduction of the number coming in, but it’s really a matter of making sure that we don’t have any more people coming into the country.
« He said the government would « continue to review the numbers to see if there is a more effective approach » to dealing with the number.
The figures showed there are 1.6 million people on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Natal, Darwin and the Northern Territory.
There are about 3,500 people on the Manus Islands.
Topics:immigration,international-aid-and-trade,human-interest,people,international—aid-policy,federal—state-issues,government-and of »rformation,immigration,port-macquarie-4280,canberra-2600,melbourne-3000,vic,arizona-beach-4210,liverpool-3870,viczac-4880,vicsource ABC News (AU) title Manus: Manus island detention centre shuts after two-year standoff with Papua New Guinean authorities article A former detainee who has been living in the Manuses island detention center for more than two years says he has not seen his family in years.
Makau Maimau, who has not been charged with a crime, was arrested in March and charged with breaching bail conditions after his lawyers claimed he had threatened to harm himself and the other detainees.
He told the ABC he is being kept in solitary confinement with his head strapped down.
Mr Maimakau said he was transferred to the Manaus Island detention center in February after being arrested.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, he was the last detainee to be moved to the center in 2015.
He said he has spent more than a year in solitary, but his health is failing.
He has been told to « keep quiet » about his health problems.
Mr Mairakau has been staying in the facility for two years. »
It’s been hard, but I’m going to keep fighting and keep fighting, » he says.
At the end of February, the detention center was ordered to close and a temporary housing unit was set up at the facility.
Mr Manau says he hopes the facility will reopen soon, but he cannot be sure. »
The whole place is so empty, it’s just like there’s no one here, » he explains. »
We don’t know if we’re living here in the detention camp.
We don’t see any people.
« Mr Mamanau’s lawyer says the detention facility was ordered closed in March because of his client’s health.
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