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Immigration: Australia to help strengthen border control in Burma

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Australian government has announced a five-year plan to strengthen immigration and border control in Burma.

Under the memorandum of understanding, Australia will help improve areas of border management in the south-east Asian country, including governance, training and development, and systems and technology.

Some parts of the plan, including establishing an electronic visa for tourists, have already been successfully implemented.

“Threats to our borders are growing and a regional approach is vital to counter people smuggling, terrorism and transnational crime,” the immigration minister, Scott Morrison, said in a statement on Saturday.

The measures would help Burma deal with rising numbers of travellers while promoting compliance with entry and stay requirements, he said.

“Australia has stronger domestic borders when the region has stronger borders,” Morrison said.

 

The Guardian

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