Boat People

Vietnam jails four men for arranging illegal migrant sea journeys

A fishing boat carrying Vietnamese asylum seekers nears the shore of Australia's Christmas Island in April 2013. Photo: AP

A Vietnamese court sentenced four men to up four years in prison for arranging two illegal sea voyages to Australia for more than 60 would-be migrants, a judge said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 12:29pm

13 dead, dozens missing as boat sinks en route to Australia

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said aerial surveillance of a debris field of wood and life-jackets had spotted 13 bodies and a full-scale hunt was under way for survivors.

9 Jun 2013 - 11:18am

Australia urges Malaysia boatpeople swap after tragedy

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: AP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday renewed calls for a refugee swap with Malaysia to deter boatpeople after two asylum-seekers drowned in the latest tragedy at sea.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:33pm

UN concerned after probe shows Thai troops shot at Rohingya

Rohingyan men who managed to swim to shore after Thai security forces opened fire on boatpeople off Phuket. Photo: Phuketwan

Investigations by the UN's refugee agency have confirmed that Thai authorities opened fire as they were moving Rohingya boatpeople, sparking a warning that it was now "gravely concerned" by the situation.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:05am

Malaysia rescues 136 Myanmar refugees

Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing strife in Myanmar aboard a leaking boat with no food or water, an official said on Monday.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:54pm

UN plea to Thailand over reports that 15 Rohingya migrants were shot dead

Rohingyan men who managed to swim to take refuge in a Muslim village in Phuket. Photo: Phuketwan

United Nations officials have demanded urgent explanations from Thailand over reports that its security forces shot dead up to 15 unarmed Rohingya migrants trying to flee neighbouring Myanmar.

8 Mar 2013 - 4:30am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

Balloons with anti-Pyongyang messages. Photo: EPA

Sri Lanka's navy yesterday rescued 38 Myanmar nationals who were drifting off the island's east coast, the second batch of boatpeople to be saved in as many weeks.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:22am

Australia to boost Sri Lanka ties to stop boatpeople

Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister of External Affairs GL Peiris (left) shakes hands with Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in Colombo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Australia announced on Monday plans to boost intelligence sharing with Sri Lanka to try to halt a wave of boatpeople that has seen thousands arrive illegally on its shores this year.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr, who is in Colombo for a three-day visit, said he would discuss the idea during talks with leaders on how to deal with people-smuggling.

17 Dec 2012 - 12:01pm

Australian immigration chief defends visas for asylum seekers

The tents given to asylum seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, an offshore processing centre. Photo: EPA

Australia denied yesterday its policies to combat people smuggling have failed as a decision to release asylum seekers into the community with little help or support was called "a new low".

Canberra is struggling with a record influx of asylum seekers that is overwhelming its offshore camps.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Briefs, November 22 2012

Leonid Razvozzhayev denies charges of armed robbery. Photo: AP

Boatpeople sent to PNG, says Australia

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Thailand picks up boatload of Rohingya near Phuket

A boatload of 112 ethnic Rohingya, including 55 teenagers, has been taken into custody in Thailand after their vessel landed near Phuket over the weekend.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:38am

Search on for 50 missing after Bangladesh sinking

Bangladesh Border Guard soldiers check survivors rescued from a boat that capsized in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Bangladeshi rescuers on Thursday searched for 50 people still missing after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia capsized with 110 passengers on board, officials said.

Coastguards, the navy and fishermen have rescued about 60 people since the boat went down on Wednesday morning 15 kilometres off the southern district of Cox’s Bazaar.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:00pm

100 Rohingya refugees missing as Bangladesh boat sinks

Around 100 people are missing after another boat carrying Rohingya refugees towards Malaysia sank off Bangladesh early on Wednesday, the second such tragedy in less than a fortnight, officials said.

7 Nov 2012 - 6:22pm

Australia still committed to Malaysia asylum policy

Children detainees are seen locked in a detention centre on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: AP

Australia said it remained committed to sending asylum-seekers to Malaysia for processing and insisted it is not necessary for Kuala Lumpur to be a signatory to the UN refugee convention.

7 Nov 2012 - 12:22pm

Nauru asylum seekers hunger strikes enters fifth day

Asylum seekers sent by Australia to the tiny island of Nauru entered the fifth day of a hunger strike yesterday, vowing to continue their protest indefinitely, refugee advocates said.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am