Christmas Island - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas Island


Turned away by Australia, migrants arrive in Indonesia

Nov 27, 2015 - 12:41 PM

We spent four days in Christmas Island but were told to turn back to Indonesia by Australian security officials because the Australian government refuses to accept illegal immigrants

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Indonesia arrests migrants headed for Australia

Sep 24, 2015 - 1:26 PM

Indonesian police arrest 18 migrants who were stranded in the waters off Java island after their boat ran out of fuel as they tried to reach Australia

Abbott criticizes report on abuse of asylum-seeker children

Feb 12, 2015 - 11:04 AM

An angry Abbott says his policies to stop the boats had cut the numbers in detention and questioned why the report was not launched when Labor was in power

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 09 February 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian activists say asylum-seeker boat in trouble

Jun 28, 2014 - 12:57 PM

Hundreds of asylum seekers drown making the perilous sea journey to Australia in recent years

December 25 in history

Dec 25, 2013 - 8:00 AM

December 25 in the past years was a period of greatness triumph and celebration for many reasons

106 rescued from sinking asylum-seeker boat

Aug 20, 2013 - 12:40 PM

3RD UPDATE 106 people were rescued from a partially submerged asylum seeker boat off Australia Tuesday with only two suffering minor injuries

13 dead, dozens missing as boat sinks off Australia

Jun 09, 2013 - 11:43 AM

A full scale hunt was under way for survivors involving 15 ships and 10 aircraft

2 dead as asylum-seeker boat capsizes

Mar 25, 2013 - 4:01 PM

The overloaded Indonesian fishing boat was spotted afloat by Australian customs 14 nautical miles north of the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean

Australia ends search for survivors of refugee boat

Jun 24, 2012 - 7:57 AM

Australia late Saturday June 23 ended a three day search for survivors from a refugee boat accident off remote Christmas Island with little hope for around 90 people still missing