Trading Malaysian Places

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — It didn’t take long. The ink on the refugee swap deal between Australia and Malaysia was barely dry before the first batch of boat people was re-directed to camps in Kuala Lumpur for processing.

Fifty-four asylum seekers, intercepted en-route to Australia, were denied their destination of choice as part of regional efforts to limit the people smuggling trade and the transporting of human cargo out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka to Australia’s west coast. Read more in The Diplomat.

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