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Burma Nationals Detained on Fishing Rig Off Indonesian Shores

17 April 2013

Sixteen migrants from Burma attempting to escape the religious and ethnic conflict that has gripped the country in recent months are the latest to be detained by Indonesian authorities transiting through the archipelago to Australia, the Jakarta Post reported. The Burma nationals were found on a floating fish trap off Java’s Banten Province after local fishermen filed a police report. One of the detainees was quoted as saying they had paid about US $300 to be transported to Australia, where they intended to seek asylum. An Indonesian official said they would be turned over to the immigration office for processing.