Indonesia in talks with Australia about migrant island: report

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JAKARTA: Indonesia is in talks with Australia about temporarily housing asylum-seekers stranded in Indonesia on an island in the archipelago if Canberra covers the cost, according to a report on Friday. Canberra has introduced hardline policies to stem the influx of asylum-seekers reaching its shores on people-smuggling boats, with those arriving by sea denied resettlement in Australia even if found to be genuine refugees. Instead they are turned back to their country of departure or sent to the tiny state of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus island. Indonesia, a major transit point for asylum seekers en route to Australia, has long been riled by the tough approach, particularly the policy of turning migrant boats back to the archipelago when it is safe to do so.

AFP

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