Since the hotel quarantine system was implemented in March last year, one-third of Australia's overseas arrivals have been foreign citizens, and there are still as many as 3 Australians stranded overseas and waiting to return.Queensland and Victoria criticized foreign immigrants for failing to receive strict screening, which has been rejected by the federal government.The picture shows the Sydney International Airport. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)
According to the Australian newspaper, data from the Australian Border Guard (ABF) showed that since the establishment of the hotel isolation system on March 2020, 3, approximately 28 people have returned to Australia.In addition, more than 25.3 citizens and transit holders from other countries entered Australia.At the same time, as many as 7.3 Australians stranded overseas are still waiting to return home.
According to ABF data, since the implementation of the hotel quarantine system, NSW has always played an important role in receiving international immigrants, and the number of receptions is almost the same as that of other states and territories combined.Victoria has 35666 overseas immigrants, while NSW has nearly 12.5.
ABF said that most foreign citizens entering Australia are the immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents.Other tourists arriving in Australia include those holding special visas, visitor visas, skilled visas, spouse visas and transit visas.
According to reports, both Queensland and Victoria are concerned that overseas immigrants have not been rigorously scrutinized.They suspect that some people provide false information to apply for evacuation or business exemption to enter Australia.They called on the government to ensure that nothing happened.
A high-level person from the Queensland Government said: "Some people don't even have a registered address, and some have suspicious qualifications. Who did they let in?"
However, senior officials in the federal government denied and refuted this claim, claiming that border inspection measures are very strict.NSW Governor Gladys Berejiklian and Federal Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg on Monday (15th) countered Victorian Governor Daniel Andrews's criticism of the National Hotel Quarantine System.
In addition, the Australian Department of the Interior is launching a procedure to upgrade border inspection procedures before the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine.Visa and tourist entry procedures will be upgraded to digitalization, and medical health checks by onshore and offshore doctors will be strengthened.
This procedure will tighten screening measures to support the gradual opening of international borders and ensure that Australia can initiate green channels with countries that have controlled the epidemic and implemented vaccine programs.
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