Australian Press Council Advice on the Use of the Term “Illegal”

‘Asylum seekers’, ‘illegal immigrants’ and entry without a visa: Australian Press Council

The legal status of people who have entered Australia by boat without a visa is complex and potentially confusing. Their entry is not legally authorised but is not a criminal offence. The Australian Government usually refers to such entrants as “unauthorised boat arrivals” or “irregular maritime arrivals” but they are also “unlawful non-citizens” under the Migration Act.

Read the full article on the APC website.

By | 2013-11-07T12:16:00+10:00 November 7th, 2013|Government|