island nations: But a group of people recently arrived in northeast Australia on a fishing boat from Vietnam, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said, according to The Chronicle Herald. We will work with the agencies to make sure we can repatriate these people back to their country of origin, once we understand the facts of the matter, Dutton told reporters. Australia has virtually stopped such boat arrivals by using the navy to turn them back and sending asylum seekers who arrive by ship to immigration camps on the poor Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Vietnamese asylum seekers have been accepted by Australia as legitimate refugees in the past. Dutton blamed a failure of surveillance for the boat reaching Cape Kimberley in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest north of Cairns in Queensland state. But Vietnamese have also been intercepted at sea by Australian authorities, had their refugee claims rejected at sea and been sent back to their homeland. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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