Mayor says Torres Strait a ‘doorway’ into Australia for asylum seekers

Mayor says Torres Strait a ‘doorway’ into Australia for asylum seekers

Post ID: 40159 | POSTED ON: Aug 13, 2013

The mayor of the local government authority of the Torres Strait islands says he expects to see growing numbers of asylum seekers going through his area in an attempt to reach Australia.


TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS — The Australian Government claims the arrival of a group of Somali asylum seekers on an island of the Torres Strait does not mean its close proximity to Papua New Guinea provides an easy alternative for people trying to get into the country.

The Mayor of the Torres Strait Islands Regional Council, Fred Gela, disagrees.

"We've had families from Afghanistan sitting on Saibai's airstrip waiting to hitch a ride on the next plane out," Mr Gela told Radio Australia.

"They know that the closest route, the easiest way into Australia, is coming through the doorway, which is the Torres Strait". Read More

Source : Australia News Network

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