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Australia to release 100s of asylum seekers into community

Australia to release 100s of asylum seekers into community

Updated 6 December 2012, 22:30 AEST

Hundreds of asylum seekers were today moved from immigration detention in Australia's Northern Territory to be released into the community in Melbourne and Sydney on special bridging visas.

They're the first of many being released because of over-crowding in Australa's detention network, and the escape from the restrictions of detention will no doubt, be a relief.

But with limited access to welfare and no ability to work, life for these new arrivals may not be much better.

Many will depend on the support services run by charities like the Red Cross.

Correspondent: Tracee Hutchison

Speaker: Michael Raper, Head of Services and International Operations, Australian Red Cross.

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