Asylum seekers choose home over Nauru

MORE than 200 illegal immigrants were intercepted on boats in Australian waters during the weekend, after another group of 28 Sri Lankan men chose to return rather than be processed off-shore.

Three boats carrying 203 immigrants were intercepted by Border Protection between Saturday and Monday, with the vast majority Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands for initial security and health checks.

The boats came after Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said another group of 28 Sri Lankans flew home on Saturday morning after deciding returning home was a better option than being processed on Nauru of Manus Island.

He said two more transfers of boat arrivals were sent to Nauru last week, and he expected more to be flown there in coming days.

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