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Chinese asylum seekers may forgo New Zealand for Australia

Chinese asylum seekers may forgo New Zealand for Australia

Updated 11 April 2012, 15:56 AEST

Ten Chinese asylum seekers who have been camping at a ferry terminal in the Australian port city of Darwin have apparently decided to apply for asylum in Australia.

The Chinese nationals, who arrived in Australia by boat last week, have until Saturday to decide whether to go into mandatory immigration detention or sail on to New Zealand.

The Australian government says it has no right to prevent the party from continuing their journey.

But the clear message the group's been getting from a range of officials and other interested parties, including the United Nations refugee agency, is to stay put.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Jason Fang, Radio Australia's Chinese service; Ric Towle, UNHCR regional representative

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Jason Fang

Executive Producer

Jason has been a journalist for more than two decades and he is now the Executive Producer of the Chinese service.

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