Asylum-seeker assessment rules toughened

The High Court ruling however did not deter Minister Morrison from his policy towards asylum seekers, who asserts that “no one who has come illegally to Australia by boat will get a permanent visa from this government.”
On June 25, three days after the High Court order to reassess rejected asylum seekers’ applications, the Minister introduced a bill into the parliament seeking an increase in the risk threshold the applicants were likely to face on return to their country.

He said that the chances that applicants would suffer significant harm in their country, which includes torture, should be greater than 50 per cent for them to be considered for protection by the Australian government. Rules covering identity are also being toughened as Morrison said that many people held dual or multiple nationalities, or tried to hide their real identity.

Under the changes, a protection visa will usually be refused unless applicants provided documentary evidence
of identity and nationality. With this said, the government, at the same time, will welcome 13,750 people in 2014-15 through the Special Humanitarian Program. Australia will remain one of the top three refugee resettlement countries in the world.

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