7 Apr 2010

Christmas Island detention centre full again

4:13 pm on 7 April 2010

The Australian immigration detention centre on Christmas Island is overflowing after the arrival of more asylum seekers.

Another 63 people were escorted to the island late on Tuesday, several days after their boat was intercepted.

That's pushed the number held in the island's detention centre to 2060, 20 more than the official capacity.

Earlier this week, the Immigration Department said 65 people had been moved off the island to various centres on the Australian mainland.

Opposition border protection spokesperson Michael Keenan says it is going to be a continuing problem.

At least 29 boats of asylum seekers have been intercepted in Australian waters this year.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said last weekend there was still capacity for more asylum seekers on Christmas Island.

The Immigration Department says a new building under construction will accommodate an extra 400 people by the end of April.

The ABC reports the department is preparing to fly more people off the island this week.