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Australia With coronavirus preventing deportations, Australian Border Force will house foreign criminals on Christmas Island

00:17  05 august  2020
00:17  05 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The Australian Border Force says it will move convicted criminals and illegal immigrants to Christmas Island after coronavirus rules had The last time the North West Point facility was used was for a quarantine centre for Australian citizens evacuated from Wuhan in China when COVID-19's

The Australian Border Force confirmed on Tuesday evening that people currently in immigration detention will be “temporarily” transferred to the facility at North West Point on Christmas Island , where Australians returning from Wuhan were held in the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

a bridge over a body of water: Christmas Island has been used to house asylum seekers and to quarantine COVID-19 evacuees. (ABC News: James Carmody) © Provided by ABC NEWS Christmas Island has been used to house asylum seekers and to quarantine COVID-19 evacuees. (ABC News: James Carmody)

Australia is preparing to reopen the Yongah Hill detention centre on Christmas Island to house criminals who can not be deported amid COVID-19 restrictions.

The facility has previously housed asylum seekers and, more recently, Australians returning from coronavirus hotspots.

Restrictions placed on air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic have prevented Australian authorities from deporting a cohort of non-citizens, Australian Border Force (ABF) said.

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The Australian Border Force confirmed on Tuesday evening that people currently in immigration detention will be “temporarily” transferred to the facility at North West Point on Christmas Island , where Australians returning from Wuhan were held in the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Those being transferred to the island north-west of Western Australia include foreigners convicted of assault and drug and sexual offences, ABF said in a statement.

"With unlawful non-citizens continuing to move from prison to immigration detention, and with required COVID-19 distancing measures in place within the detention network, this is placing the detention network under pressure," the statement said.

"To relieve capacity pressure across the detention network in Australia, detainees will be temporarily transferred to the immigration detention facility at North West Point on Christmas Island in the weeks ahead."

The statement did not indicate that asylum seekers would be returned to the facility.

The facility was most recently used to house Australians evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which was the epicentre of the outbreak during the early stages of the pandemic.

A family of Tamil asylum seekers is currently living on the other side of Christmas Island from the detention centre at North West Point.

ABF said it was closely working with other government departments and West Australian authorities to implement quarantine requirements where appropriate for service providers and ABF staff deploying to Christmas Island.

ABC

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