The problem is that this asylum seekers doesn’t have where to go. That’s why they are seeking the asylum. But the prime minister said that people who don’t reach the status of refugees and are not allowed to work doesn’t have other choice. “In those circumstances for Australia, it’s not a question of support for these people, it’s a question of them going back home.”, she said.
According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia has obligations to protect the human rights of all asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia, regardless of how or where they arrive and whether they arrive with or without a visa. Maybe the Prime Minister thinks that she is not sending them back forcefully, so is not doing anything wrong, but is encouraging them to go back to their Countries. Some of them came from Bhutan, Maldivas, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Fiji, Vanuatu or Tonga and arrive in boats, others arrive also in boats carried by smugglers flying from more distant conflicts.
Always according to the Australian Human Rights Commission:
There are currently thousands of asylum seekers as well as some recognised refugees, being held in immigration detention around Australia. Several hundred asylum seekers who arrived in Australia are now also being detained in Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea under third country processing arrangements.
Under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (the Migration Act), asylum seekers who arrive in Australia, whether on the mainland or an ‘excised offshore place’, without a valid visa must be held in immigration detention until they are granted a visa or removed from Australia.
Immigration detention in Australia is indefinite – there is no limit in law or policy to the length of time for which a person may be detained. Some asylum seekers and refugees spend long periods of time in immigration detention waiting for their refugee claim to be assessed; waiting for the completion of health, identity and security checks; or awaiting removal from Australia if they have been found not to be a refugee nor to otherwise be owed protection.
While the legal and policy framework for mandatory detention remains in place, substantial numbers of asylum seekers and refugees have been transferred out of closed immigration detention into the community since late 2010. In October 2010, the Australian Government announced that it would begin to move a significant number of unaccompanied minors and families with children into community detention. In November 2011, the government announced that, following initial health, security and identity checks, increasing numbers of people in closed immigration detention facilities would be considered for transfer into the community on bridging visas or placement in community detention.
On 21 November 2012 the Australian Government announced that some asylum seekers who are liable to transfer to a third country, having arrived to an ‘excised offshore place’ on or after 13 August 2012, would be released into the Australian community on bridging visas due to overcrowding across Australia’s immigration detention network and capacity constraints in the detention facilities established to accommodate asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island.