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Australia asylum policy decried amid suicide reports, repatriations
Australia asylum policy decried amid suicide reports, repatriations

Australia's controversial asylum policies have come under renewed fire after reports this week that about a dozen mothers at a Christmas Island detention camp attempted suicide in desperate bids to get their children refugee status and shelter on the Australian mainland. Since a law passed last year prohibited Australian settlement to any asylum-seekers trying to reach the country by boat, thousands who fled war and poverty in their homelands have been detained at the squalid island camp. There, the refugees await decisions on whether they qualify for asylum; those who do are sent to Papua New Guinea or Nauru, those who don't are sent back to their native...

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