Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

July 18, 2018 - 2:21 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia drew a line in the sand on July 19, 2013, to stem a rising tide of asylum seekers brought by people smugglers on long and treacherous ocean voyages. No refugees who attempted to reach its shores by boat from that date forward would ever be allowed to make Australia their home.

Five years later, the polarizing policy appears to have succeeded as a deterrent. The rickety fishing boats arriving from Indonesia have virtually stopped.

But the question of what will become of the hundreds of asylum seekers banished to sweltering immigration camps in the poor Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru has become more pressing.

A 25-year-old Sudanese refugee on Papua New Guinea, Aziz Abdul, says de does not believe Australia will ever accept them.