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Asylum seekers living in limbo in Indonesia

4 September 2013 Last updated at 05:57 BST

Every year, thousands of asylum seekers leave Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Iran to make the dangerous and illegal journey across the sea to Australia.

They pay thousands of dollars to people smugglers. Many never make it, and often end up in detention centres in so-called "transit" countries like Indonesia, where they wait for their fate to be decided.

Karishma Vaswani reports.

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