Australia on track for record number of asylum seekers arriving by plane, Labor says

Labor warns of exploitation risk for rejected asylum seekers, who make up 84% of the 95,000 who arrived by plane in the past five years

More than 95,000 people have sought asylum in Australia after arriving by plane in the past five years, but more than 84% were found not to have a valid claim.

The shadow minister for home affairs, Kristina Keneally, said the refusal rate was an indicator that people making the claims were at risk of labour exploitation and were “often being trafficked to Australia for the explicit purpose of being exploited”.

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