The good and the great have announced there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant, in part because anyone who (however implausibly) claims to be a refugee, is legal.
Some time ago Australia adopted a policy of turning the boats around,
which policy was and is denounced as a war crime. After a few unpleasant incidents where a few illegal immigrants suffered minor injuries, a few people smuggler boats caught fire, one people smuggler boat caught fire and sank, and some lost engines and steering, the people smugglers stopped coming to Australia. New Zealand does not admit to participating in this horrid war crime, but somehow boats heading for New Zealand seem to get mistaken for boats heading for Australia. Funny thing that. They now seem to have stopped trying to go to New Zealand.
A short while ago Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, being swarmed by Bangladeshis, adopted a similar policy.
Initially Indonesia piously condemned Australia’s policy, but finding that Bangladeshis were now coming to Indonesia instead of passing through and heading on to Australia, seem to have changed their mind.
As a result, the entire eastern edge of the Indian ocean is now off limits to people smugglers.
Meanwhile, Europe continues to be swarmed by middle easterners, many of who look suspiciously black – which is to say, is being swarmed by subSaharan blacks making the dubious claim to be middle easterners fleeing Islamic State, though they traveled a mighty long way to reach the lands controlled by Islamic State.
A small number of illegal immigrants are rumoured have died as a result of picking a quarrel with the Thai navy, whereupon the Australian Prime Minister called upon the navies to stand firm.
The problem of stopping Bangladeshis from going to Thailand is roughly similar to the problem of stopping blacks from crossing the Mediterranean. Bangladeshis were not all that interested in going to Thailand until Australia drew up the drawbridge.