About two weeks ago, a group of seventeen asylum seekers from Vietnam arrived in Australia – appearing to have shipwrecked and landing in a crocodile-infested mangrove. The entire group has been apprehended and deported from Australia. They have been sent to Christmas Island, where they will have to wait for the results of their immigration procedure.
According to Minister Dutton of Home Affairs, this was the first time in four years that a migrant boat reached the shores of Australia, adding: “This is a clear sign that human traffickers are still active.”
Local authorities of the province of Queensland are investigating how the ship managed to avoid being picked up by radar. Australia has been deploying its Navy since 2013 to seek out and intercept migrant ships and send back their passengers to the country of departure.