On 15 December , a boat carrying around 90 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq and Iran, . "Asylum Boat Death Toll Reaches 30 as Australia Continues Salvage Operation". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 17 December ^ Jump up to. (CNN) Riots have broken out among detainees in an Australian immigration detention center on Christmas Island following the death of an. Latest news on Christmas Island from the Guardian. Secrecy over Christmas Island death 'blatant nonsense', says Jon Stanhope. An asylum seeker has died on Christmas Island after he escaped from the Australian-run detention centre on Saturday morning. Child asylum seeker wins government payout over Christmas Island detention trauma. Survivors of maritime disaster off Christmas Island and their relatives are suing the Australian government. The Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre is one of numerous facilities Australia uses to detain asylum seekers while their refugee claims are processed. Topics Australian immigration and asylum Refugees Australian politics Asia Pacific Peter Dutton.