Australia’s immigration visa system broken: Minister

Australia’s Home Secretary said the country’s immigration system was broken and could be subject to criminal exploitation.

In an interview with ABC Radio on 7 November, Home Affairs and Cyber ​​Security Minister Claire O’Neill said whether she believes the current visa immigration system is broken and being used for crimes such as sex slavery and human trafficking. When asked, we agreed.

“Yes, there are very serious problems with the immigration system today,” O’Neill said.

The comment, entitled ‘Trafficked’, comes after a joint investigation by the Nine Network, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Alleged The immigration system was corrupted by crime syndicates involved in human trafficking and organized crime.

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Paula Hudson, then Superintendent of Australian Federal Police, at the Australian Child Exploitation Center office in Brisbane, Australia, on September 2, 2020. (PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia’s immigration system has serious problems with visa agents operating what investigations call “visa farms,” ​​the report said. They are involved in the loading of immigrant visas to Australia, including using protected visas reserved for criminal purposes on humanitarian grounds.

“It is perfectly clear to me that there is systematic abuse of the system at the moment,” the minister said.

“So it is clear that human exploitation is happening in our country. We intend to overcome it and that work is already underway by AFP and Australian Border Patrol.”

Albanian government immigration review begins

Comments from Minister come as she Announced on November 7 Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM, Dr Joanna Howe and Dr John Azarias will lead a comprehensive review of Australia’s immigration system.

This review will engage immigrants, trade unions, businesses, state and territory governments, and key stakeholder groups. It also highlights specific concerns such as the behavior of people within the system and immigration agents, and action has already been taken against these individuals.

“This review and new National Strategy, Australia’s Migration System for the Future, will ensure that the migration system serves Australia’s national interests and complements the skills and competencies of Australian workers,” O’Neill said. .

“This strategy outlines the purpose of the immigration system and guides future reforms. We will focus on helping the

Victoria Kelly-Clark


Victoria Kelly-Clark is an Australia-based reporter focusing on the national politics and geopolitical environment in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Central Asia.