UN warns of surge in Indonesian boats
Tom Allard; 9/4/10
People smuggling is ”totally out of control” in Indonesia, with thousands of asylum seekers now preparing to come to Australia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The commissioner’s senior representative in Indonesia, Manuel Jordao, told The Age that a ”huge percentage” of almost 4000 asylum seekers registered there would try to reach Australia by boat rather than wait for resettlement though official channels. Along with those registered with the UN, there are believed to be thousands more Afghans, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans who bypass the organisation as they wait for people smugglers to take them to Australia.