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The number of asylum-seekers to reach Christmas Island this month has passed 1000 after the offloading of more than 100 Sri Lankans in an unusual after-dark navy operation last night.

It is the second consecutive month that more than 1000 asylum-seekers have reached Australia by boat; last month's arrivals eclipsed 1000 for the first time since the Tampa crisis of August 2001.

At 10pm local time (1am AEST today), the jetty at Christmas Island's Flying Fish Cove was closed to the public and the navy began ferrying asylum-seekers to it in rigid inflatable boats.

Ordinarily, they come ashore in daylight hours on barges driven by local stevedores. The stevedores had already brought two boatloads of asylum-seekers to the jetty earlier yesterday.

Onlookers told The Australian Online that the people brought ashore were male and of Sri Lankan appearance.


While the cove was in darkness, the jetty was well lit and the men were searched as they stepped onto it. They were then placed on buses.(the Australian)
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  • Fair N Square Thursday, 21 June 2012 08:28 AM

    How many TOP politicians the world over applied for political asylum to stay in other countries is anybody's guess.. Let em go and remit much needed monies to care for their kith and kin which will be a positive thing tp the country at large.... BTW do NOT forget to make "Vehicle permits" available to them , IF our govt employees can be offered one for NOT bringing in foreign exchange, but for merely taking a salary for the work they do" why shouldnt ppl who send foreign exchange?

    Prasannajit Thursday, 21 June 2012 05:04 AM

    May be they were misled that Christmas Island is to be the Miracle of Asia.

    Kondebandapucheena Thursday, 21 June 2012 05:32 AM

    WE can send thousands who wants to leave this beautiful peaceful Island

    Sapumal Bandara Thursday, 21 June 2012 06:42 AM

    Can you accommodate another few Millions of asylum-seekers, please. That will solve our Motherland's unemployment problem as well as the Balance of Payment problem automatically.

    Gamaya Thursday, 21 June 2012 12:20 PM

    1000 per one month is not a bad target.


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