We’re told that around 200,000 people come to Australia each year.
We’re also told that this is a ‘voluntary’ immigration policy, meaning that we’re allowed to choose who we want to come to.
Our Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, told the ABC on Tuesday that there are ‘no voluntary restrictions’ on who we allow in.
‘It’s a voluntary policy.
I can’t give you a number,’ he said.
But there are plenty of examples of what this policy means.
We know this because we’ve been forced to watch as some countries have made it a policy to deny us asylum in their countries, such as China, which says that it can’t be an effective solution to the migrant crisis.
This is what we’re seeing on the ground in Australia.
And it’s an alarming development, as the number of people from the Middle East and Africa is growing at a rate of 3 per cent a year.
This isn’t just an Australian problem, it’s a global problem.
Immigration is a big part of Australia’s economy.
It’s responsible for about 60 per cent of our GDP and accounts for almost two-thirds of our national debt.
The government has a duty to uphold the law and the rule of law, and when the country’s economy is in trouble, it can do so with a degree of desperation.
That desperation is also reflected in the fact that we’ve seen a spike in the number and severity of asylum seeker claims.
That’s what the Labor Government did in 2016 when it introduced the Migration Action Plan, and it was intended to tackle the problem of people smuggling and illegal immigration.
The plan saw the government set out a series of measures aimed at slowing the flow of migrants, including the introduction of a raft of mandatory border checks and the construction of fences.
But, as we’ve heard, it didn’t quite work.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says that the number crossing the border illegally more than doubled in the first six months of 2017, reaching more than 400,000.
The number of claims to the Asylum Seeker Processing Centre jumped from 14,000 to more than 220,000 in the same period.
And there’s a serious risk that the figure could reach 300,000 by the end of the year.
The ABS has also warned that the influx of asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Iran has also had an impact.
While we’re talking about refugees, there are also asylum seekers who come here for economic reasons.
And this isn’t the first time that our laws have been broken.
It was also illegal for a migrant to come here legally without first obtaining a visa, and that was also a crime, as was for a Chinese national to arrive legally without a visa.
That was also unlawful for the Chinese national who entered Australia in 2005, but who was granted a visa under the ‘green card’ scheme.
A Chinese national was granted an Australian visa by the Abbott Government in 2017.
The Greens are calling for a national inquiry into the illegal immigration that’s happening in Australia, and have proposed a number of measures to tackle this.
They’ve also promised to review the Safe Third Country Agreement between Australia and Australia’s ‘partner’ countries, which has been in place since the early 2000s.
The deal allows for people from countries with similar political systems and cultural practices to come into Australia.
But the agreement has also been criticised for failing to address the fact there are significant racial and economic differences between the countries where these people have been living.
This has been made clear by an ABC investigation last year, when the ABC’s News 24 investigation found that a number, including a Chinese man, had been charged with ‘serious’ immigration offences for crossing the Pacific.
The report found that the man had been ‘frequently held in custody and then released on bail’.
In another case, a Chinese woman who arrived illegally on a bridging visa in 2014 was found guilty of trying to bring five asylum seekers into Australia without first securing a visa and deported to China.
And the same man was found in contempt of court for attempting to smuggle migrants into Australia, in 2015.
But we’ve also seen an increasing number of migrants coming to Australia illegally for economic purposes.
In September, the ABC reported on the case of an Iranian migrant who arrived in Australia illegally from Pakistan and then ‘seduced’ his way into a Melbourne apartment and lived there until he was charged with sexual assault.
And we’re not the only ones.
A few months ago, we heard about the case and how a man from Iran had been arrested after being accused of rape in Queensland.
But when we reported the story, we were told that police did not believe the man was actually in Australia and the man’s name was not released.
In July, a man with a Sri Lankan visa was arrested in Queensland after police received information that he was trying to smuggles a Sri Lanka woman into Australia to