Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be brought to Australian mainland

Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be brought to Australian mainland

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed a boatload of 157 asylum seekers, which has been held at sea for nearly a month, will be brought to the Australian mainland.

The asylum seeker vessel was intercepted by authorities four weeks ago, and lawyers have launched a case in the High Court, to prevent the government from sending the asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka.

The case is set to be put before the full bench of the High Court next month.

Mr Morrison has said today the boat will be brought to the mainland while the High Court case takes place, but has not revealed where in Australia the asylum seekers will be held.

But he has confirmed they will NOT be given the option of being permanently resettled in Australia.

Mr Morrison says the government’s long-term plan is to return the asylum seekers to India, where they first boarded the vessel.

He says the asylum seekers will be given access to Indian High Commission officials, on arrival in Australia.

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