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    Australia suspends asylum claims

    What about all the others?


    BBC News - Australia halts Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum claims



    Australia has announced the immediate suspension of all new asylum claims by people from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

    Immigration Minister Chris Evans said the decision had been made "in the light of changing circumstances" in those countries.


    He added that the move would "send a strong message to people smugglers".
    Correspondents say a recent increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat has put pressure on the Australian government.


    Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are the sources of many asylum seekers in Australia.
    Friday's announcement came as news emerged that an asylum boat with 70 people on board had sunk off Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, where Australia has a detention centre.


    'Hardline approach'
    More than a 100 boats carrying asylum seekers have been intercepted by the Australian navy since the current government came to power in 2007, says the BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney, and Mr Rudd has been under mounting political pressure over the surge in the number of boat people.



    Today's announcements will further strengthen the integrity of Australia's immigration system

    Chris Evans Immigration minister


    The immediate suspension on the processing of visa applications from new Afghan and Sri Lankan asylum seekers is clearly intended as a deterrent - an attempt to stop the boats - our correspondent adds.


    He says the move is being widely interpreted in Australia as a political move to neutralise an always sensitive issue ahead of this year's Australian election.
    "We have taken a consistently hardline approach to people smuggling and today's announcements will further strengthen the integrity of Australia's immigration system," said Mr Evans.


    Boats will not be turned away by the Australian navy and boat people will still be taken to a detention centre at Christmas Island.


    However new arrivals will not be able to apply for asylum.


    The Australian government says it will review the situation for Sri Lankans after three months, and for Afghans after six.





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    BBC News - Australia halts Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum claims

    Published: 2010/04/09 02:48:20 GMT
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    Strange, wonder why those 2 nationalities have been chosen.





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    War considered over in Sri Lanka ............?

    Giving asylum to Afgans when UN troops there dying in an effort to keep Afgans safe.......?


    I dont know but this is what occurs to me.

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    ^ Why did you bother D Mac ?

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