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Fact Check: No evidence to support Foreign Minister Bob Carr's economic migrants claims

Australian Labor Party Asylum seekers Australia
Foreign Minister Bob Carr claims people arriving in Australia recently by boat are not refugees fleeing persecution, but economic migrants. He told ABC Fact Check the evidence came from confidential Cabinet documents. In an opinion article, he cited selective data on arrivals. On the available evidence, Senator Carr's claim that 100 per cent of recent arrivals are economic migrants is unsubstantiated. Neither his office, nor the department, has been able to produce any specific evidence to support the claim.
Verdict: Unsubstantiated
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