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Christmas Island: Asylum Seekers and Australian

christmas island: The island is 5,170 kilometres 3,210 miles northwest of the Australian capital, Canberra, and is closer to Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, according to Toronto Star. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen inside a high care accommodation room as he tours North West Point Detention Centre on Christmas Island. Prime Minister Scott Morrison flew to tiny Christmas Island on an overnight flight to announce his government's strategy aimed at preventing asylum seekers from reaching the Australian mainland. Lukas Coch/AAP Image Australia pays Nauru and Papua New Guinea to accommodate almost 1,000 asylum seekers who have attempted to reach the Australian coastline by boat since 2013. Medical evacuations have proven to be a crack in the policy. Boats carrying asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East and Asia had been arriving daily from Indonesian ports, but the smuggling attempts have all but stopped since the government announced that no refugees who arrive by boat will ever be allowed to settle in Australia. ( As reported in the news.