Asylum seeker reunited with family

Last updated 19:01 23/12/2013

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A family of asylum seekers, including an intellectually disabled woman, will be reunited in community detention so she can be properly cared for by her relatives.

But Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says this doesn't mean the government is relaxing its offshore processing policy.

The woman and her father are now in Perth while her mother and three siblings are at a detention centre on Christmas Island.

Morrison said the whole family would be moved into community detention within a fortnight after advice from an independent psychiatric assessment.

''Today's decision is based on meeting the immediate health and welfare needs of the intellectually disabled woman,'' he said in a statement.

It was not clear what country the woman and her family was from.

The decision to move the family into community detention had no bearing on how or where their refugee claims would be processed, the minister added.

''The fact that a severely intellectually disabled woman was  placed on a boat, where even in the event of a mild incident at sea the woman would have been at great risk, is appalling,'' Morrison  said.

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