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AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION
- 28 August 2015 - Australia supports Pakistan’s attendance at the 9th Australasian Women and Policing Conference
Operation Sovereign Borders
OSB Key Messages
- The Australian Government has introduced its toughest border protection measures ever called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).
- Under the policy, anyone who comes to Australia illegally by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia.
- The policy applies to everyone: families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. There are no exceptions to this policy.
- The Australian Government’s policy is intended to deter people smugglers by denying them a product to sell and prevent tragic deaths at sea.
- There are two options for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia:
o they will be intercepted and safely removed from Australian waters; or
o they will be sent to another country for offshore processing.
- Processing and resettlement in Australia will never be an option.
- OSB is working as intended. There has been a very substantial and sustained reduction in maritime ventures and potential illegal immigrants attempting to reach Australia.
The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Thursday, 24 September 2015
This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 24 September 2015. We have lowered the level for Chitral district to Reconsider your need to travel following an improvement in security. The overall level of the advice for Pakistan has not changed. We continue to strongly advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to Pakistan.
Further information is in the travel advice for Pakistan and our travel bulletin available at www.smartraveller.gov.au.
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