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Monday, 27 February 2012
Page: 2015

Irregular Maritime Arrivals

(Question No. 698)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 31 October 2011:

How many Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) indicated that they resided in a country different to their country of birth/origin for more than six weeks prior to arriving in Australia, and for each of these IMAs, (a) what was his/her country of birth/origin, and (b) in which country had he/she resided prior to arriving in Australia, and for what length of time.


Mr Bowen: The answer to the honourable member's question is:

Departmental systems do not record this level of detail and the preparation of this answer would involve interrogation of information provided by each client. This would be a significant diversion of departmental resources and it is not considered that the additional work can be justified.