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Australia rejects criticism over migrant crisis

May 22, 2015 - 4:22 PM

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Australia s hardline policy which includes refusing to resettle asylum seekers who arrive on boats and turning back vessels had helped stop people risking their lives at sea

CRISIS. Migrants line up for their meal at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, 17 May 2015. Indonesian fishing boats and marine police rescued nearly 800 migrants from a sinking vessel at sea on May 15, military officials said, as South-East Asia's migrant crisis continues to unfold. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA