Australia’s off-shore detention centre on Christmas Island is at capacity. Authorities have expanded the centre’s capacity by erecting tents.
So far this year Australian authorities have intercepted 55 boats carrying approximately 2700 people. 1447 people are detained on the island. The use of tents has reportedly expanded detention capacity to 1560.
The migrant flow is expected to slow in January with the onset of the typhoon season in the waters north of Australia.