25 Jul '11, 9am

Malaysia and Australia seal deal for asylum seekers

Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN)- Malaysia and Australia have inked a landmark agreement to transfer and resettle asylum seekers on Monday. Under the agreement, Malaysia will take up to 800 asylum seekers arriving by boat, in return for Australia accepting 4,000 processed refugees. It was signed by Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen. The process is expected to take four years to complete and will be funded by Australia. The announcement for the agreement was made on May 7 by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. While the start date for the exchange of asylum seekers has yet to be finalised, the first batch of transfers is expected to take place this year. Hishammuddin and Bowen said Monday the deal reflected both countries' commitment to solve human trafficking and other issues such as terrorism and arms and drug smu...

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