Approximately 900 migrants have been intercepted near Australia so far this year. This is four times the number of migrants who were found in all of 2008.
“In the latest case, about 73 asylum seekers are being taken to the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean for processing. Most of the migrants trying to reach Australia this year are escaping fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Most travel to Malaysia or Indonesia where people smugglers [operate].”
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