Australia has a refugee problem. Every year thousands of would-be asylum seekers pay smugglers to ferry them by boats to Australia.
Many die trying to make the illegal journey.
It has been a hugely divisive issue in Australia and Monday Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard endorsed a plan to re-open a controversial detention center on the island nation of Nauru and on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea. Opposition politicians quickly endorsed the proposal, clearing all the hurdles for off-shore processing to begin.