While Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton boast about border protection, just quietly the numbers of asylum seekers have increased to a record 27,931 in 2017-18.
Immigration has featured as an issue in every Australian election since 2001. But the numbers often tell a different story from the political posturing.
Australia could be breaching its international legal obligations if it is not fairly assessing asylum seekers who apply for protection at customs.
Australia's immigration department doesn't keep a record of the number of people applying for asylum at airports. This means there is no oversight over the treatment of those seeking protection.
There are about 30,000 refugees in Australia, and just over 200 of them have been able to study at a university.
Federal government policies are the biggest barriers to people seeking asylum in accessing higher education in Australia.
Lack of funding support shuts out refugees from accessing higher education.
People seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas should have access to education funding and loan schemes so they can improve their skills, gain qualifications and contribute to Australia.
Australia has changed from primarily being a destination for permanent settlers to having an increasing number of temporary arrivals.
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Shanthi Robertson on the changing face of migration.
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