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RI tells Australia it’s overwhelmed by refugees

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 10 2016   /  09:43 am

Claiming that the number of refugees landing on the country’s shores has steadily increased in recent years, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly has reached out to Australia to seek assistance in solving the global humanitarian problem.

Yasonna said after a meeting with Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan that the country faced problems in dealing with refugees because existing detention centers for refugees currently suffered from overcrowding.

“The asylum seekers are housed at community houses and detention centers and the houses and centers are operating above their capacity. We hope that through cooperation with the Australian government we will be able to solve the problem,” he said, adding that the number of refugees who had achieved resettlement was small.

Yasonna said that even with the assistance from two international institutions, t...