Australia asylum baby set to be returned to Nauru

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SYDNEY: Australia on Monday said an asylum-seeker baby doctors had refused to discharge from hospital is expected to be returned to a remote Pacific detention camp, as a deterrent to people-smugglers. The case of one-year-old Asha, the daughter of Nepalese asylum-seekers who was brought to Brisbane suffering burns last month, prompted a standoff with doctors and a week of rallies outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said she had now been moved to community detention, where asylum-seekers waiting for their refugee applications to be processed live within the community and are usually allowed to move around freely. But he added that the government would not back down on its policy of returning her to offshore detention once medical and legal issues had been resolved.

AFP

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