When Tuvalu, a string of atolls in the Pacific Ocean with a population of 11,000, received fresh water from a Russian-backed breakaway region of Georgia last month, the emergency shipment had strings attached.
Australia is poised to reopen an asylum-seeker processing center in Nauru after the opposition said it supports the policy backflip by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who’s betting the move will help her boost flagging poll ratings before elections due next year.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will reopen offshore detention centers for refugees after parliament passed laws to deter asylum seekers, as she tries to resolve an issue damaging her government.
More than 120 asylum seekers may have drowned off Indonesia, according to the Australian government, which is reopening offshore detention centers in an attempt to deter refugees from attempting the boat journey.
A boat carrying asylum seekers fleeing to Australia capsized in Indonesian waters, triggering a bid by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to rush legislation against people smuggling through parliament.
The Pacific nation of Nauru is close to signing the UN Convention on Refugees, paving the way for the reopening of an asylum-seeker processing facility closed by the Labor government, the Australian newspaper said.