Boat people unfazed by processing freeze

Yuko Naurushima; 17/4/10

A veiled woman cradling a baby girl was the first asylum seeker helped off a fishing boat yesterday, caught sailing to Christmas Island despite the government’s hardened immigration policies. She was among 82 asylum seekers, believed to be Iraqi, spotted close to the island late on Thursday and trailed by a navy ship into Flying Fish Cove just as the sun was rising over the island. Another boat of intercepted asylum seekers is expected today, holding the first people to be directly hit by the Rudd government’s suspension of processing for Sri Lankans and Afghans for between three and six months.

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