17 February 2011
Professor Mary Crock responds to new figures revealing that ninety-six per cent of Afghan asylum-seekers who come to Australia by boat succeed in settling here.
In an interview with The Australian, Professor Crock argues that the high success rate demonstrates that most boat people were genuine refugees.
However, she warns that the huge discrepancy between the decisions drawn at the primary level and appeal level raised serious questions about the integrity of the Immigration Department's decision-making process.
"There's a strong suggestion that first instance decision-makers are doing what they're told," Professor Crock says.
"They're doing the bidding of the political masters and that once a more objective process kicks in, people are being recognised for what they are: refugees."
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