Refugee advocates hold placards and banners during a protest in central Sydney, Australia, October 5, 2016 calling for the closure of the Australian detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. Picture taken October 5, 2016. REUTERS/David Gray
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Australia moved Sunday to bar any refugee or asylum-seeker who arrives in the country illegally by boat from ever being able to apply for a visa, even as tourists or for business.Canberra currently sends all boatpeople to offshore processing camps on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus.They are already blocked from being resettled in Australia even if found to be genuine refugees. Some 800 men are detained on Manus, which Australia in August agreed to close after a Papua New Guinea court ruling that holding people there was unconstitutional and illegal.Turnbull said the move would reinforce to refugee advocates still hoping Australia will accept some of those on Nauru or Manus that it will never happen.
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