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In the coming days, it would be harder for failed asylum seekers in Australia to claim refugee status further in New Zealand, since both the countries have recently signed a memorandum to share fingerprints of the refuge seekers.
Australia and New Zealand agreed to bond into the memorandum during the ongoing Five Country Conference, in London. The conference consisted of immigration agencies from countries viz. the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. This new measure would help the immigration agencies of both the countries checking fingerprints information.
Thus, in the future when people will apply for refugee status in the Kiwi land, the immigration officials would compare their fingerprints to those which were taken in Australia, given the same people sought asylum in the country. If the fingerprints do not match at all, no further checks will be done or the person may be considered for the asylum status. But, if the fingerprints match, further checks, such as if the person has tried to seek asylum in Australia, would be carried out. Seeking asylum status in the second country before applying for the same in the New Zealand is not acceptable.
The Kiwi Immigration Minister said that sharing the fingerprints between the two countries would help the immigration officials determine the identity of the people. This would also help the officials to carry out the immigration procedures more efficiently.
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