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The Australian Liberal-National coalition government elected in 2014 has fulfilled one of its election pledges, reducing the arrival of boat people from Indonesia. During the first eight months of 2014, only one boat with 157 "illegal maritime entrants" arrived, compared with 268 boats and 18,800 migrants in the same period in 2013.
PM Tony Abbott, who is coping with the possibility of recession after 23 years of economic growth, plans to maintain tight controls on arrivals by sea, sending migrants to Nauru for processing and settlement if they are found to be refugees there rather than in Australia. Critics condemn Australia's treatment of asylum seekers, saying it detracts from the credit in the international community that Australia earned over decades for its generous refugee resettlement policies.