23 Feb 2012

1000 asylum seekers arrive in Australia since start of year

5:09 am on 23 February 2012

Immigration officials say 14 asylum-seeker boats carrying more than a thousand people have arrived in Australian waters since the start of the year.

Customs and Border Protection officials intercepted two boats carrying 200 people off Christmas Island Tuesday night.

A boat carrying 147 people arrived on Monday night.