The Tropical Transit Lounge

The Afghani refugees stranded on a tropical island

The Tropical Transit Lounge Hundreds of Immigrants are arriving every week in Australia. And the Australian Government believes hundreds more are on their way.
But the refugees don't get here without help - people smugglers are making a fortune. Refugees fly into Indonesia, mainly from the Middle East and Afghanistan. Then they make their way to ports around Java, Bali and the Indonesian islands to the east. From there, the Australian territories of Ashmore Reef and Christmas Island are just a few hours by boat. But as we report, Australia is throwing its might and money into preventing the asylum seekers from ever leaving Indonesia.

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