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Rohingya Asylum Seekers Discovered on Australia’s Christmas Island

6 December 2013

Twenty-five Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers from Burma were discovered on Thursday hiding out on a beach on Australia’s Christmas Island, after their boat sunk en route on Monday, AFP reports. No one was reportedly killed or injured during their journey from Burma, where minority Rohingya face widespread discrimination. Australian authorities could not confirm the incident, but the immigration minister said there had been “an incident of an unconfirmed nature” on the island, which is an often-sought destination for people smugglers in the region. Under Australia’s hard-line immigration policy, the asylum seekers will likely be transferred to detention centers in Nauru or Papua New Guinea for resettlement.