Asylum seekers in WA to be processed offshore

Asylum seekers in WA to be processed offshore

The Department of Immigration has confirmed all 66 asylum seekers who arrived by boat at Geraldton in WA yesterday, will be transferred to Christmas Island for processing.

The Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrived at Geraldton Harbour yesterday afternoon, after being intercepted by authorities just 100 metres offshore.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare has ordered an investigation into how the boat managed to get so close to the mainland without being detected.

Lawyer David Manne from the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre says the group has different rights from other asylum seekers because they landed on the Australian mainland, and believed they could avoid being sent off shore.

But the government says the asylum seekers will soon be flown to Christmas Island, but has not said when this will occur.

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