Australia does not have a refugee “issue”

Remember these figures the next time an Australian politician talks about the asylum seeker “problem”:

Immigration authorities have deported 156 failed asylum-seekers in two years.

That figure is just 2 per cent of the 7000 boatpeople who have arrived in the present wave of boats.

The revelation came after The Australian reported yesterday that more than 90 per cent of unsuccessful Afghan refugee claims were being overturned on appeal.

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