A protest involving hundreds of asylum seekers at an Australian immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, some of whom had sewn their lips shut in protest, has ended without serious violence, authorities in both countries said on Tuesday.
Australian coastguard intercepted a boat carrying Sri Lankan nationals off the coast of Indonesia and handed over 37 asylum-seekers to the Lankan authorities, who arrested them for breaching immigration laws.
The Swiss will once again head to the polls this weekend to decide whether to dramatically slash immigration numbers, this time in the name of saving the environment in a proposal opponents have labelled xenophobic.
The number of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden may reach its highest in two decades because of people fleeing Syria and Iraq, whose arrival could push immigration costs close to 1 percent of GDP in a country where tension over new arrivals is rising.
Australia has sent 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, to a detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru after they declined an offer to speak with Indian officials about their refugee claims, the government said on Saturday.
A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said on Monday, after having been held at sea by authorities for almost a month.
A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month, sparking a legal challenge against their detention, have arrived at a detention camp on mainland Australia, government officials said on Monday.
Australia promised on Tuesday not to return a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without providing 72 hours notice, a move hailed by human rights lawyers as a minor victory in a case that has raise concerns about the country`s tough immigration policy.
Australia on Friday said it has struck a deal with Malaysia to disrupt the transit of asylum-seekers through the Southeast Asian nation to Indonesia, where they board boats heading for Australian waters.
Australia has sent back 79 Sri Lankans who attempted to illegally migrate by boat to seek asylum in that country, pushing the number of those returned to nearly 1,400 since August 2012, the Australian Embassy said in a statement here on Thursday.
The tiny country of Nauru on Saturday became the second Pacific island nation to agree to settle refugees who attempt to reach Australia by boat, in a deal aimed at deterring asylum seekers that was quickly attacked by critics.
At least nine people died and nearly 190 suspected asylum seekers from countries like Sri Lanka, Iraq and Iran, were rescued after their overloaded Australia-bound boat sank off the Indonesian island of Java.