Christmas Island


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Christmas Island

1. An Australian-administered island in the eastern Indian Ocean south of Java. It was annexed by Great Britain in 1888 and came under Australian sovereignty in 1958.

Christmas Island

n
1. (Placename) the former name (until 1981) of Kiritimati
2. (Placename) an island in the Indian Ocean, south of Java: administered by Singapore (1900–58), now by Australia; phosphate mining. Pop: 1496 (2013 est). Area: 135 sq km (52 sq miles)

Christ′mas Is′land


n.
1. an Australian island in the Indian Ocean, ab. 190 mi. (300 km) S of Java. 3300; 52 sq. mi. (135 sq. km).
2. former name of Kiritimati.
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Christmas Island

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Asylum seekers are a hot political issue in Australia where successive governments have vowed to stop them reaching the mainland, sending those intercepted on unsafe boats to camps on Christmas Island, and more recently Manus island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the South Pacific.
The immigration department confirmed there was a "major disturbance" at the detention center on the Australian territory of Christmas Island.
Many detainees on Christmas Island are from neighbouring New Zealand and are awaiting appeals after having been convicted of crimes.
Morrison's backdown on releasing asylum seekers from Christmas Island only deepens the cruel, arbitrary nature of his immigration policy lottery," he said.
Christmas Island, located 310 miles south of Jakarta, Indonesia, is a popular destination for asylum seekers who crowd into rickety boats at Indonesian ports and pay smugglers to take them to Australian shores.
Thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers hailing from poor and war-torn countries were smuggled into Christmas Island aboard sea vessels this year.
Christmas Island is a frequent destination for refugee boats from Indonesia, and a favoured route for people-smugglers.
The survivors were aboard HMAS Parramatta en route to the immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, DPA reported.
The vessel was 120 nautical miles north of Christmas Island with reportedly 105 people on board," an AMSA spokeswoman said, adding that an alert was issued to shipping in the area.

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