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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3695

Mr Stewart asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   How many illegal immigrants applied for and were granted permanent residence in Australia during the amnesty period earlier this year.

(2)   Were any applications (a) rejected or (b) granted other than for permanent residence; if so, what was the reason for the decision in each case.

(3)   What were the nationalities of all applicants.

(4)   What was the estimated number of illegal immigrants in Australia (a) prior to the amnesty period and (b) at 31 August 1976.

Mr MacKellar - The following is the answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) 8614 applications were lodged under the Amnesty of which 7228 were approved up to 26. 1 1 .76.

(2)   11 applications have been refused, 2 on medical grounds and 9 on character grounds. Some 200 applicants have been regarded as ineligible under the Amnesty. These relate principally to people admitted as private students and who are soil engaged in studies. The question of the student's continued stay will be considered at a later date in accordance with private student policy which provides that applications for resident status may be considered if and when they have successfully completed their courses of study.

(3)   The attached schedule contains details of applications received by nationality.

(4)   The latest statistics available indicate that: as at 31 December 1975 an estimated 39 500 prohibited immigrants were in Australia, as at 31 August 1976 an estimated 54000 prohibited immigrants were in Australia.

The increase largely arises from overstayed visitors. Possibilities of more effective controls are being examined.





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