Azerbaijan, Baku, August 14 / Trend N. Umid
Some 3,350 Iranian refugees are restricted in refugee camps in Australia, Iranian Jamejam newspaper quoted Australian Ambassador to Tehran Paul Foley.
According to the report, some 880 Iranians also are under conditional sentences in Australia.
About 6,406 Iranians have entered Australia with boats illegally during current year, the report said.
For the being, time some 30,000 Iranians are living in Australia legally, Foley said.
He added that some 800 Iranian asylum seekers have been transferred to Papua New Guinea as of yet.
Australian government has announced on July 19 that illegal migrants which enter Australia by boat will not be tolerated, and will be sent to Papua New Guinea or their homeland, the report said.
Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke previously said that this shows that Australia is serious to prevent the influx of refugees into its territory.
On July 24, an asylum-seeker boat sank off West Java, claiming at least four lives. The boat reportedly carried more than 200 asylum-seekers believed to be from Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka.
On July 22, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Ghashghavi said Iran will pursue repression against Iranian refugees in Australia, noting that Iran is against mandatory deportation of its citizens.
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