ASRC: “Heartbreaking” – Morrison uses ministerial decree to block all new permanent protection visas

Asylum seekers who arrived by boat and are already in Australia will be left on bridging visas until parliament allows the Abbott government to reintroduce Howard-era temporary protection visas.

The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, has used his ministerial powers to cap the number of permanent protection visas at the exact number already issued – meaning no asylum seeker will gain permanent residency and about 33,000 will be left on bridging visas without work rights.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has called the move “heartbreaking”.

Click here to read The Guardian on the topic.

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