Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves the Parliament building where Pakistani lawmakers discuss the crisis in Yemen, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April, 9, 2015. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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Iranians make up about 20 percent of the 1,848 people held in immigration detention centres in Australia, according to official figures from late March, and account for many of the 1,707 held on Nauru and Papua New Guinea.The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the issue of returning failed asylum-seekers had already been a matter of diplomatic discussion between Bishop and her Iranian counterpart.Refugee advocates say there are about 45 Iranian asylum-seekers in indefinite detention in Australia who have already had their claims for refugee status denied and are refusing to go home.Under Canberra's immigration policy, asylum-seekers arriving by boat are subject to mandatory detention, and since 2013 have been denied resettlement in Australia, even if found to be genuine refugees, and are instead housed on Nauru or PNG.
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