December 15, 2012
MORE asylum seekers have arrived at the makeshift detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, bringing the total number at the site to 101.
Thirty-four people, families from Iran, Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka, arrived at Manus Island early on Saturday.
They were accompanied by Australian Federal Police, immigration staff, interpreters, children’s services and medical staff.
It is the fourth transfer of irregular maritime arrivals to the temporary tent processing facility on PNG’s Lombrum naval base in Manus province.
An Immigration Department spokesman could not say how many children were among the group.
“The completion of this transfer reaffirms the strong message of deterrence for anyone considering risking their lives on dangerous people smuggling boats,” the department said in a statement.
“There will be no advantage for boat arrivals.”