Nov 27, 2013

Asylum seekers hit record high exceeding 2,600

by Tomohiro Osaki

At the end of October, there were more than 2,600 asylum seekers in Japan, a record high, the Japan Association for Refugees said Wednesday. Their numbers are only likely to increase in the coming months, said JAR Executive Director Hiroaki Ishii, who noted the ...

Aug 17, 2013

Rudd's Labor may lose seven marginal seats

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is on the brink of defeat in next month’s national elections, with a poll indicating that his ruling Labor Party will lose seven of the eight most marginal electorates. An analysis of the seats, four of which are held ...

Australia's hard-line refugee policy begins

Jul 20, 2013

Australia's hard-line refugee policy begins

A boat carrying 81 passengers that was stopped Saturday in waters off northwest Australia was the first to face the government’s new policy of refusing entry to refugees and sending them to neighboring Papua New Guinea. The people will initially be sent to Christmas ...

Jul 14, 2013

Australia targets asylum seekers

Australia will prioritize work to stem the flow of asylum seekers attempting to reach the country by sea, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Saturday, after an infant drowned in a boat attempting to reach the country from Indonesia. The body of a boy less ...