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M e d i a R e l e a s eThe Hon. Philip Ruddock MR Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Telephone: (06) 277 7860 Facsimile: (06) 273 4144_ _ _ _ _ " " .......... ................................... .......................................... ... ................................... ............................ ........ " " " ' 'DROP IN NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA UNLAWFULLYThe number o f people living in Australia unlawfully has fallen the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, M r Philip Ruddock, announced today."Statistics show that between June and December last year, there was a 7.2 per cent drop in the estimated number o f people unlawfully in Australia, down from 51,300 to 47,600," M r Ruddock said."The drop is particularly gratifying at a time when there is an increasing number o f tourists visiting Australia. It is encouraging that only one in a thousand visitors fall into the category o f visa overstayers who fail to make contact with my Department about regularising their status.""However, visitors still comprise 74% o f the overstayers, while the next largest groups were temporary residents and students."The countries with the highest overstay rate in the past year include Columbia, Vietnam, Tonga, Western Samoa and Turkey. Their overstay rates were significantly higher than that o f visitors from some o f Australia's major tourist source countries, such as Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.In raw numbers, the cumulative overstayer total is headed by visitors from the United Kingdom (5743) and the USA (4580), however given the high number of visitors from those countries a low proportion overstay. In the past year, their overstay rate was at or below the average."While we have no hesitation in welcoming bona fide visitors, we do expect they will observe our laws, and leave Australia at the end o f their stay, as the visa requires."Efforts will continue to locate people ignoring visa conditions and remove them from Australia.In the six-months from June to December 1995, 3,542 unlawful people were located."Of those, I am glad to say that 2,047 left Australia voluntarily with no cost to the Government, with another 575 being formally removed at tax-payers' expense. The remainder had lodged applications with the Department to remain in Australia," M r Ruddock said."I am concerned that about half the number o f overstayers have been able to remain in Australia unlawfully for five years or more. M easures being undertaken by my Department, such as data matching, should address this issue," M r Ruddock said."People in Australia unlawfully have outstayed their welcome. They should quickly arrange their affairs to leave, before they are located and apprehended by my Department."CANBERRA 10 July 1996Media inquiries: Steve Ingram (06) 2777860EDS NOTE: These figures are not comparable with figures prior to September 1994, because the Migration Reform Act introduced bridging visas which make people lawful while applications are being considered, even if they overstayed their original visa. They are therefore not counted as an overstayer.f

VISITO R OVERSTAY RATES BY COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP (with >500 arrivals) 1.4.94 - 31.3.95 VISAED VISITOR ARRIVALS UNLAWFUL AT 31.12.95

COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP Colombia Vietnam Tonga Western Samoa Turkey

Lebanon Pakistan Iran Bangladesh Uruguay Mauritius Burma Sri Lanka Macedonia Chile Poland China.People's Rep. Egypt Kiribati Philippines Greece Fiji Yugoslavia, Fed. Rep. of Romania Croatia,Rep.of

Israel Solomon Islands Portugal Nauru

India Luxembourg Ireland

Indonesia Hungary Malta Brazil Vanuatu

Czech Republic Mexico Cyprus Papua New Guinea

Thailand South Africa Stateless (i) Belgium France Malaysia Netherlands Korea, Rep. of Spain

Zimbabwe Austria United Kingdom U.S.A.

Brunei Finland Russian Federation Canada Italy Germany Switzerland Denmark Sweden Hong Kong Norway Singapore Taiwan Argentina Japan

Saudi Arabia Korea, Dem.People's Re Slovenia,Rep.of Others TOTAL

ARRIVALS (Apr94-Mar95) (At 31.12.95) 783 15 1.9%

2419 45 1.9%

2041 36 1.8%

1880 32 1.7%

1925 27 1.4%

2945 35 1.2%

1533 17 1.1%

1254 13 1.1%

514 5 0.9%

715 6 0.9%

2125 18 0.9%

654 6 0.8%

5215 42 0.8%

762 6 0.7%

1891 13 0.7%

3028 21 0.7%

26920 161 0.6%

948 6 0.6%

734 4 0.5%

18182 89 0.5%

5607 27 0.5%

14075 62 0.4%

1614 7 0.4%

628 2 0.4%

1483 6 0.4%

6289 22 0.4%

1819 6 0.3%

3499 12 0.3%

2378 8 0.3%

13590 45 0.3%

501 2 0.3%

15106 47 0.3%

93145 280 0.3%

2412 7 0.3%

1287 3 0.2%

3898 9 0.2%

1404 3 0.2%

1639 3 0.2%

2225 4 0.2%

964 2 0.2%

14928 23 0.2%

58950 87 0.1%

25905 37 0.1%

24069 32 0.1%

6186 8 0.1%

55231 65 0.1%

95414 108 0.1%

31701 35 0.1%

121110 132 0.1%

5812 6 0.1%

1467 2 0.1%

15351 16 0.1%

353225 354 0.1%

268378 251 0.1%

1832 2 0.1%

5648 5 0.1%

4114 3 0.1%

49750 38 0.1%

34999 24 0.1%

118487 82 0.1%

32120 22 0.1%

14436 9 0.1%

18996 12 0.1%

42061 24 0.1%

5451 3 0.1%

143748 66 0.0%

142874 35 0.0%

4756 1 0.0%

703204 106 0.0%

511 0 0.0%

615 0 0.0%

881 0 0.0%

12914 77

2665205 2816 0.1%

OVERSTAY RATE

(i) Persons travelling on other than a national passport - the majority of whom were visaed at Hong kong

Source: TRIPS Database. Temporary Entry, Visitors 4 Students Section, DIMA (0960412V)

COMPOSITION OF UNLAWFUL NON - CITIZEN POPULATION BY CITIZENSHIP

Country of CltlzenshlD Male Female Total %

United Kingdom 3519 2224 5743 12.1

USA 2671 1909 4580 9.6

Indonesia 1567 877 2444 5.1

Japan 1259 1007 2266 4.8

Philippines 1166 810 1976 4.2

China 1161 636 1797 3.8

FIJI 912 685 1597 3.4

Malaysia 909 652 1561 3.3

Korea 744 624 1368 2.9

Germany 788 571 1359 2.9

France 659 426 1085 2.3

Thailand 537 482 1019 2.1

Vietnam 484 485 969(i) 2.0

India 653 289 942 2.0

Tonga 533 379 912 1.9

(I) Indudes 191 unauthorised boat arrivals.

Note: These are cumulative "all-time1 ' totals, not just the number who have overstayed in the past year.

PREVIOUS ILLEGAL ENTRANT / UNLAWFUL NON - CITIZEN ESTIMATES

Overstayed Overstayed Total Including

Applicable 6 months More than Bridging Visas

Date or less 6 months Total C and E Male Female

30.06.83 N/A 50000 50000 N/A N/A

30.06.84 N/A 50000 50000 N/A N/A

30.06.85 N/A 50000 50000 N/A N/A

30.06.86 N/A 54000 54000 N/A N/A

31.01.88 16000 58000 74000 N/A N/A

31.07.88 21000 49000 70000 N/A N/A

31.01.89 23000 57000 80000 N/A N/A

31.07.89 11000 49000 60000 N/A N/A

30.04.90 28800 61000 90000 N/A N/A

30.04.91 32000 46000 78000 N/A N/A

30.04.92 9500 72000 81500 N/A N/A

31.12.92 11250 70750 82000 N/A N/A

30.06.93 10100 69700 79800 N/A N/A

31.12.93 6000 61500 67500 N/A N/A

30.06.94 9100 60500 69600 N/A N/A

31.12.94 ( Estimate not calculated due to computer system changes following MRA Impementation) 30.06.95 6300 45000 51300 59800 29400 21900

31.12.95 4050 43550 47600 55500 26650 20950

Note: Post June 1994 figures are not comparable with previous estimates due to the effect

of the bridging visa regime introduced under the Migration Reform Act on 1.9.1994.

Applicants for further visas and those without a valid visa who come to the Department's

attention and who are not placed in detention are now made lawful via the grant of a

bridging visa. Many of these were previously considered unlawful for the purpose of overstayer statistics.

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