Peo­ple Smug­gling To Aust Dor­mant; In­done­sia Says

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The In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM) in In­done­sia says the peo­ple smug­gling op­er­a­tions that took asy­lum seek­ers by boat to Aus­tralia are dor­mant. More than 50,000 peo­ple have been smug­gled into Aus­tralia since 2008. About 14,000 asy­lum seek­ers are cur­rently in In­done­sia, eight thousand of whom are mon­i­tored by the IOM.

Its project man­ager in Jakarta, Paul Dil­lon, said the dan­ger­ous sea jour­ney and Aus­tralia’s off­shore de­ten­tion of boat peo­ple have de­terred oth­ers from mak­ing the trip.

“The fact that the trips have dried up in the last cou­ple of years sug­gests that the peo­ple smug­gling net­works are still out there, but they’re dor­mant I would suggest.” Mr Dil­lon said most of the asy­lum seek­ers mon­i­tored by the IOM in In­done­sia are Hazara from Afghanistan. ABC

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