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Climbdown over migrants

SEA SNAP: An Indonesian photographs a stranded Sri Lankan migrant boat

By: Eastern Eye Staff

THE Indonesian government said a boat- load of stranded Sri Lankan migrants would not be towed back out to sea, after local officials had sparked anger by pledging to send them on their way in a rickety craft. Authorities will allow those with genuine refugee claims to stay in Indonesia pending permanent resettlement to another country, and send the others back home, an immigration department spokesman said last week. Local authorities in the western province of Aceh had previously insisted that the 43 migrants would be sent back to sea to continue their journey to Australia after repairs to their…

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