Oceanic Viking deal will encourage other queue-jumpers: UN

Amanda Hodge, 25/3/10

The UN’s refugee agency has warned that the Rudd government’s decision to allow dozens of Sri Lankan boatpeople in Indonesia to jump the immigration queue will encourage others to try similar tactics. UN High Commissioner for Refugees representatives met in Colombo last month to discuss the effect of the decision to strike a deal with 78 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers rescued from a floundering vessel last October and taken to Indonesia by the Australian Customs boat Oceanic Viking.The government agreed to rapidly resettle all those on board deemed to be refugees, following a month-long standoff during which the asylum-seekers refused to leave the boat.All 78 were eventually classified as refugees and at least 18 are believed to have been sent to Australia so far.
See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/oceanic-viking-deal-will-encourage-other-queue-jumpers-un/story-e6frgczf-1225844978206; Indonesian people-smuggler evades prison sentence; Stephen Fitzpatrick; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/indonesian-people-smuggler-evades-prison-sentence/story-e6frg6nf-1225844966090; UN gives Afghans refugee status; Stephen Fitzpatrick; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/un-gives-afghans-refugee-status/story-e6frgczf-1225844960958;