from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An Australian-administered island in the eastern Indian Ocean south of Java. It was annexed by Great Britain in 1888 and came under Australian sovereignty in 1958.
- See Kiritimati.
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- proper n. non self-governing territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean.
- proper n. Alternative name for Kiritimati, an island of Kiribati
Asylum seekers often pass through Indonesia to connect with people smugglers and to get on boats to Christmas Island, which is closer to Indonesian territory than mainland Australia.
Social worker Charlene Thompson, who calls Christmas Island home, is worried about the effect on families and children as resources are stretched to breaking point.
Darwin's immigration detention centre has been on alert for the arrival of several hundred asylum seekers from Christmas Island, which is close to overflowing.
When ships full of gatecrashers are caught, they're steered to Christmas Island, which is not considered Australian soil from an immigration point of view.
A. Right now I am on the beautiful tropical shores of Christmas Island, which is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator.
Christmas Island should not be confused with Kiritimati (formerly called Christmas Island; Kiritimati is the Gilbertese spelling of Christmas), which is an island in the
From upraised submarine volcanoes, such as Christmas Island, it is learned that lava flows which are poured out upon the bottom of the sea do not differ materially either in composition or texture from those of the land.
Prolonged detention in remote locations such as Christmas Island or Curtin, where providing services is difficult, can have devastating effects on the mental and physical health of asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers from the Middle East and elsewhere typically make their way to Indonesia, where it is considered relatively easy to get travel visas, and then tap an Indonesian network of people smugglers who ferry them the 300 miles across the sea to Christmas Island.
After landing in Jakarta, the passengers boarded the ship on Java and are believed to have been on the way to Christmas Island, a remote island that is the closest part of Australia to Indonesia.
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