Australian navy turns asylum seeker boat back to Indonesia

A boat that was turned back by Australia in January 2014. Source.

Scores of asylum-seekers have come ashore in eastern Indonesia after their boat was intercepted by the Australian navy and pushed into Indonesian waters as they headed for New Zealand, according to police.

The 65 migrants from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka were spotted by the Australians, said Hidayat, an Indonesian police official on Rote Island in the east of the archipelago.

“According to their testimony, they were pushed back by the Australian navy and immigration after they were interrogated,” said the official, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “They said they were on their way to New Zealand.” He said they were spotted by local residents on Sunday near a beach after their boat sank.

The new arrivals in Indonesia come as Southeast Asia is gripped by a human-trafficking crisis, which has seen thousands of migrants come ashore after a Thai crackdown threw the illicit trade into chaos…

…Last week, Australia offered another $5 million in humanitarian aid to potential illegal migrant populations in Myanmar and Bangladesh…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Something is out of whack here. Tony Abbott is actually standing up for his country’s interests. This is unheard of in Europe or North America.

    • Frau Katze

      This is what Europe SHOULD be doing.

  • Blind Druid

    The Aussie “Tow Back Policy” is very effective — Hats Off to them. Geert Wilders said that if we all do that, we disempower the human traffickers. No money to be made – they stop coming. Why can’t the politicos (other than the Australians) see this simple fact?

    • Frau Katze

      In Italy and Greece it’s now coming out that some of Coast Guard and police are as corrupt as any Third World country.

      They’re in cahoots with people smugglers themselves. But to acknowledge this (apart from scattered news reports) is not politically correct.

      EU = Ever Closer Union.

      In the less corrupt northern Eurpean countries, they’re filled with crackpot leftists (Sweden being a prime example).

    • JocelynGNickle
  • Way to go, Australia. Europe be wise and do the same. Forget trying to look like angels. Think about your children’s welfare.

  • MRHapla

    Colonialism not looking so bad now,,,right boys?