We don’t know how many asylum seekers are turned away at Australian airports

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The immigration department doesn’t keep a record of how many people apply for asylum at Australian airports, and how many are turned away.

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Documents released under Freedom of Information show a lack of accountability and oversight by Australian immigration officials with regard to people who request asylum at airports.

This means the ultimate decision to admit or deny an asylum seeker entry into Australia rests with the Border Force official who interviews them.

Without oversight, an asylum seeker could be turned away and sent back to a country where they…

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