Immigration officials at international airports in Australia need to be vigilant as the country is still being targeted by people trying to enter the country to work illegally, it is claimed.
According to officials from the Australian Border Force (ABF), it is important to interview people under suspicion to determine that they are who they say they are and have the necessary documentation to enter the country.
Just a few days ago they stopped 44 Malaysian nationals attempting to enter Australia to work illegally. Twelve of the individuals arrived at Perth Airport on 30 July and another 32 arrived at Gold Coast Airport.
Both groups arrived on flights from Kuala Lumpur and all 44 individuals were returned to Kuala Lumpur within 24 hours of their arrival.
On arrival, the individuals were interviewed by ABF officers to determine their intentions while visiting Australia. During these interviews, ABF officers ascertained that the individuals intended to work illegally and were therefore detained and removed.
Assistant Commissioner Strategic Border Command, Clive Murray, said the successful removals showed the dedication and vigilance of ABF officers in protecting Australia’s interests at the border.
‘People who come here to work must do so in the appropriate way and they should be in no doubt that the Australian Border Force will diligently enforce our border laws,’ he said.
‘These removals show that ABF officers take this responsibility very seriously and will continue to stop illegal workers from entering Australia,’ he pointed out.
‘If you wish to come to Australia to work, you must apply through the appropriate avenues. If you fail to do so, you will be stopped and returned to your country of origin,’ he added.
He also pointed out that strong penalties may apply for people found to be facilitating the entry of illegal workers into Australia, including up to 10 years imprisonment.
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