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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Asylum seekers Issue: Malaysian deal still weeks away

AN AGREEMENT with Malaysia in which Australia will swap asylum seekers for refugees is still some weeks away from being formalised, government sources say.

And despite the government saying that all 107 recent arrivals in Australia are being held pending their deportation to another country, the Malaysian Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, said it would take only those asylum seekers who arrive after the deal is sealed.

The Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, has confirmed there are more police and security personnel on Christmas Island to deal with unrest when hundreds of asylum seekers are sent away.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/malaysian-deal-still-weeks-away-20110518-1et80.html#ixzz1Mj6g2qsa

Source: http://www.smh.com.au


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