In May 7,000 people were given a 1 October deadline to apply for protection from Australia or be barred from ever doing so

Up to 500 asylum seekers, including families with young children, have not made a formal application for protection, just a day out from a government deadline that could see them deported from the country.

In May, the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, gave nearly 7,000 asylum seekers living in the Australian community a deadline of 1 October to apply for protection or be barred from ever applying. He described them as “fake refugees” and said they were bleeding Australian taxpayers of millions of dollars in welfare payments each year.

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