The Australian government’s cap on international arrivals has left thousands of citizens and residents stuck overseas, many in desperate circumstances

With revelations this week that 18,800 nationals were stranded overseas, it became clear that the government’s strict international arrivals cap was causing significant disruption for Australians trying to get home.

The government introduced the cap in July to ease pressure on the hotel quarantine regime, but the measure has prompted the few airlines still offering flights to prioritise business and first class passengers as a means to remain profitable.

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