Number of human smuggling attempts into Australia

In the first six months of 2012, the Department of Immigration in Australia reported apprehending 1,340 people from Sri Lnaka who were attempting to claim asylum.The number of asylum seekers was almost five times the number of total people seized in 2011.

The Australian Navy seized between 6 to 7 boats that were attempting to smuggle people into the country.

Source:  Dinouk Colombage, “Human Smuggling On The Rise In 2012,” Sunday Leader, July 15, 2012.