Australia could get the green light to begin deporting boatpeople to Malaysia as early as next week, with the Malaysian government expected to approve the controversial refugee swap within days.
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Labor is so confident its refugee swap with Malaysia is going to slow the flow of boats that it has budgeted for the arrival of only 750 asylum-seekers next financial year, despite more than 6000 having arrived last year.
Another 63 asylum-seekers - a rare contingent of Vietnamese - were delivered to Christmas Island yesterday as immigration officials questioned how three other Vietnamese detainees managed to escape into jungle undetected less than two months after mass escapes, chaos andRead More
Industry groups and demographers have questioned whether the Gillard government's plans to boost the intake of skilled migrants to regional areas will make any significant difference to the labour shortages gripping the nation.Read More