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Australia sends back asylum-seeker group

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Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has maintained a tough policy on asylum seekers that critics say is inhumane

Australia’s immigration minister says a group of asylum seekers who reached the country’s Cocos Islands territory last week has been sent back to Sri Lanka.

The vessel, carrying 12 people, came within 500m of Home Island.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the asylum seekers, all Sri Lankans, were returned on 6 May.

He also announced that Australia had intercepted three asylum boats so far this year, but did not provide details on the other two boats.

The Cocos Islands are a remote chain of islands and atolls located between Sri Lanka and the west coast of the Australian mainland.

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