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Monday, November 05, 2012 - 06.08 GMT

More asylum seekers opt to return home


The Australian Immigration Department says 11 Sri Lankan men have chosen not to pursue their asylum claims.

Under Australia's new immigration laws, asylum seekers who arrive by boat are being sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for processing. Earlier this week a group of Iraqi and Iranian asylum seekers decided to return home rather than wait for their claims to be processed on Nauru.

There are currently 377 asylum seekers being held on Nauru under an agreement with the Australian Government, Radio Australia reported.






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