Immigration is a hot topic in countries all over the world with people smugglers operating in many regions but a tough stance taken by Australia has now been hailed a success by the government.

Just a few years ago there were hundreds of boats arriving on the shores of Australia with tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who had paid smugglers to get them there. Many died at sea trying to reach the country.

The current government took a severe stance and said it would turn back the boats. There were even adverts telling people that Australia was saying No and that they should not think they have an automatic right to a new life in the country.

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It is now 600 days since the last successful people smuggling venture reached Australia and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton hailed the decision to be tough a success.

He revealed that since December 2013 some 25 boats carrying 698 people have tried to reach Australia, but been turned back and those aboard returned safely to their country of departure.
Additionally 57 people smuggling ventures have been disrupted before departure resulting in a further 1,900 people not attempting a risky voyage.

"However we cannot take that success for granted, we must remain vigilant and resolute, the people smugglers will seek to take any opportunity to re-start their evil and dangerous trade. Just in recent weeks the Australian Border and Defence Forces have successfully prevented two smuggling ventures on the seas to Australia's north west," Dutton said.

"Our intelligence tells us there are 14,000 people positioned in Indonesia alone who are prepared to hop on boats and attempt to travel illegally to Australia. Any potential passenger should hear our message loud and clear that boats attempting to illegally enter Australia will be turned back and no one coming illegally by boat will ever settle in Australia," he added.

He explained that the other benefit of stopping the boats was a halt to new illegal arrivals being placed in detention and a reduction in numbers of those already in detention. There were 10,000 in detention at the peak of the boat arrivals, and that has now gone down to less than 700.

"The majority of people in detention now are the visa over stayers, the bikies and the criminals who are foreigners we are removing from Australia to make our communities safer," Dutton added.