More than 60,000 immigrants are living in Australia illegally

Published: 19 June 2017


There are more than 64,000 men and women living in Australia illegally with two thirds of those overstaying their visa, while the number of people living illegally has grown by six percent in five years.

Among those who have overstayed their visas is one man who managed to evade immigration officials for 40 years. However, they reportedly don’t know if that person is still alive.

The Courier Mail has revealed about 20,000 of the nation’s “unlawful non-citizens” are believed to be working while more than 70 percent are here on expired visitor visas.

About 15 percent of over-stayers are on student visas and expired working holiday visa’s make up for just three percent.

However, while it seems like an alarming figure. The 64,000 individuals living illegally make up for just one percent of the total number of annual temporary visitors to Australia.

Speaking to the Courier Mail, Opposition Immigration spokesperson Shayne Neumann described it “untenable” to have more than 200,000 people working illegally.

As of June 30, at least 9440 Malayans are believed to be in Australia on expired visas, followed by 6500 Chinese and between 2200 and 2800 citizens of Indonesia, India, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

According to reports, Germany and France were the two worst offending European nations.

It is understood a large proportion of the 64,000 immigrants only overstayed their visas by one or two days meaning many are no longer in the country.