Despite huge efforts to deter and block boat journeys, Australian immigration policies in fact encourage asylum seekers to come by boat. ...
'Myth: Asylum seekers who come by boat are illegal, those who come by plane are legal.
Myth: It’s cheaper to come by boat.
Myth: Our policies are designed to “Stop the Boats”.
Truth: Despite all Australia does to the block refugees coming by boat, government policies in fact encourage people to make the risky boat journey.
Mike Steketee explains it in this detailed report.