This morning’s news.com brought forth some factual information about The Illegals. One might add in the descriptor ‘finally’ because for an extremely long time now, those who sought to provide some balance in the debate about asylum seekers would attempt to point out that the problem of boat people was decidedly underwhelmed by the numbers of other ‘illegals’.
So finally we have some stats for perusal:
The 58,400 foreign citizens hiding illegally among us easily outnumber the populations of Mildura or Shepparton – Victoria’s fifth and sixth biggest cities.
And they dwarf the 4700 asylum seekers who arrived by boat in 2010-11.
Documents released to the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information also reveal the biggest groups of illegals are Chinese, Americans, Malaysians, Britons and South Koreans.
More than half have been here for five or more years; 20,000 for a decade or more; and two in three have evaded authorities for more than two years. (The figures do not include visitors who overstay visas by less than a fortnight.)
Drat there was a neat little interactive map there earlier where one could hover over the green, yellow, red and purple dots so as to ascertain the exact precise numbers of ‘illegals’ originating from each country. I believe that there were quite a number of Dutch and Irish. If anyone can find it, I can’t. Perhaps there were a few complaints about it.
I don’t entirely buy into Dr Bob Birrell’s argument:
Dr Birrell said many of the 332,000 overseas students had expected to gain permanent residency once they finished their courses, only to discover that rule changes in 2010 meant this was more difficult, or impossible.
Dr Birrell is spouting from the Immigration Agent’s handbook, that those who study in Australia could expect permanent residency. The rorts and exploitation of young people especially in Melbourne via hairdressing and cooking ‘colleges’ is renown. This rorting and exploitation subsequently lead to the Labor government redefining what a ‘skills shortage’ meant, and it wasn’t hairdressers, cooks and piano tuners.
Singer Kamahl said if not for the generosity of one Immigration Department official, his career would have been unremarkable.
“If Canberra had its way, I would have been back in Malaysia as a singing tour guide, driving a bus in Kuala Lumpur,” he said from his Sydney home yesterday.
One might add, and what is wrong with being a singing tour guide in Kuala Lumpur? In fact, it might be a excellent future career move.