Australian detention causes array of problems for refugee children: report

February 11, 2015 3:54 PM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia faced increased pressure to reform its immigration system after a report on Wednesday showed more than a third of refugee children detained under those policies had developed a mental illness requiring psychiatric care.

The Australian Human Rights Commission's inquiry into onshore and offshore detention centers also found nearly 300 instances of actual or threatened self-harm among roughly 800 children held in the camps between January 2013 and March 2014.

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