Operation Sovereign Borders update

Record of Australian Extraterritorial Migration Control.

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Date
2014-01-27

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2016-03-17 04:44:44

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Operation Sovereign Borders update

Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Press Conference, Canberra

Joint Press Conference with Scott Morrison – Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell – Department of Defence.
We have provided $67 million in the establishment phase in additional promised funding to expand disruption and deterrence operations across the region, as part of our regional deterrence framework in cooperation with our partners – not just Indonesia, but in Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well. And we have been engaging with our regional partners at a ministerial level, and operationally through the Prime Minister’s special envoy Major General retired Molan, not just Indonesia, but right up the chain. For example, this past week our envoy has been in the Emirates, a key transit point for those coming from the Middle East into our region for the purpose of getting on an illegal boat to Australia.

Criminal people smugglers know that the Abbott Government means what it says on border protection because we’ve been backing it up with our actions, and it is working. The right policies are in the right hands, and they’re beginning to get the right results. As previously reported during the establishment phase, arrivals have fallen by more than 80 per cent since Operation Sovereign Borders commenced. In our last update we noted there had been no arrivals transferred to immigration authorities for more than three weeks. This trend is supported by new information from the UNHCR which shows that the marked slow-down in arrivals to Australia is being replicated in Indonesia as well. The number of persons newly presenting to the UNHCR in Jakarta for registration per month has fallen from 1608 persons in September, to just 296 in December.

We have always maintained that to make Australia’s borders stronger, we need to work together to make the region’s borders stronger. And this has been a key focus of our regional efforts. In this context, we welcome these new figures and will do everything we can to ensure this trend continues to the benefit of both countries. Australia already provides more than $40 million in funding to assist the International Organization for Migration, provide accommodation and other support services to more than 4000 people resident in Indonesia in partnership with Imigrasi.

Scott Morrison: We have provided $67 million in the establishment phase in additional promised funding to expand disruption and deterrence operations across the region, as part of our regional deterrence framework in cooperation with our partners – not just Indonesia, but in Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well. And we have been engaging with our regional partners at a ministerial level, and operationally through the Prime Minister’s special envoy Major General retired Molan, not just Indonesia, but right up the chain. For example, this past week our envoy has been in the Emirates, a key transit point for those coming from the Middle East into our region for the purpose of getting on an illegal boat to Australia.

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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

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