08 December 2011

Week of action finds 50 people in breach of Australian immigration rules

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In a week of compliance action by the Australian immigration department, 50 people in breach of visa rules have been found, with 44 currently detained.

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50 people have been found in breach of Australian visa rules, with 44 currently detained.

The latest action taken by DIAC (Departmant of Immigration and Citizenship) saw 14 illegal workers, Australian visa overstayers and an alleged fraudster discovered and detained by Australian immigration officials.

This brings the number of people located in the past week to 50, with operations taking place in Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Speaking on the latest action taken in Victoria, where a family of four from Fiji was discovered to be illegaly staying in Robinvale, as were 10 Malaysian nationals working on local farms, a DIAC spokesman made the following comments:

"Seven of them had overstayed their visas while the remainder were working in breach of their visa conditions. All were taken to the Adelaide Immigration Transit Accommodation pending their removal from Australia," the spokesman said.

Other detained individuals include a German national (who was detained during a joint operation in Melbourne involving DIAC, the Australian Federal Police and Centrelink), 14 illegal workers in New South Wales who were working illegally in restaurants and a car-washing business and 15 visa overstayers who were working illegally on a farm near Alice Springs.

"Illegal workers in Australia will not be tolerated and the department actively investigates community reports and takes swift action to apprehend non-citizens without work rights," the spokesman said.

"It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that non-Australian workers they hire hold a visa with valid work rights."

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