Facing closure of refugee camp, Christmas Island grasps for economic future
By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – If the remote Australian outpost of Christmas Island had its way, it would have reopened a local casino that once raked in billions of dollars instead of renting hotel rooms at an ageing resort to refugee camp workers. The tiny island in the Indian Ocean is often the first port of call on Australian territory for asylum seekers en route from South Asia and the Middle East. In 2001, it made international headlines when Australia in a controversial move refused to let a Norwegian freighter disembark 438 asylum seekers rescued from a 20-metre (66-foot) fishing boat.
7 October, 2013 Italian migrant death toll reaches at least 194 LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Pairs of divers plumbed calmer seas off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday to recover the corpses of would-be asylum seekers who died when a fishing boat packed with 500 African migrants capsized within sight of land. By nightfall, 83 bodies had been […]
6 October, 2013 32 more migrant bodies recovered in Italy LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — An Italian government minister born in Africa watched wordlessly Sunday as soldiers wearing face masks carried body bags containing migrants from her continent who perished when a fishing boat sank within sight of the tiny island of Lampedusa.
3 May, 2016 Australia blames refugee advocates after asylum seeker sets herself alight By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia blamed refugee advocates on Tuesday for "encouraging" asylum seekers held in remote camps towards acts of self-harm after a woman set herself on fire, while the United Nations renewed its criticism of Australia's harsh immigration policy. […]