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Australia Tightens Asylum Seekers Access, Leaves Refugees In Indonesia - Yahoo News

The government announced late on Tuesday that asylum seekers who registered with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia after July 1 would no longer be eligible for resettlement in Australia. Australia will continue to resettle some refugees who registered before that date, but it has cut the number of places allocated, meaning the waiting period in Indonesia to be resettled will be much longer. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the new rules were designed to stop the flow into Indonesia of asylum seekers from Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. "We're taking the sugar off the redirected table," Morrison told ABC Radio on Wednesday. "People smugglers are smuggling people into Indonesia read here for the purpose of trying to get resettlement in Australia." Australia and Indonesia resumed intelligence and military cooperation just three months ago after a months-long rift over Australian spying on former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and other top Indonesian officials.

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