ABC’s 4 Corners –
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says his country is “preparing” to receive more refugees from Australia in a controversial deal that has already been labelled a failure and cost the Federal Government almost $50 million.
Speaking exclusively to Four Corners, Hun Sen said he told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Cambodia is ready to “accept more” refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton did not respond to Four Corners’ questions regarding Hun Sen’s comments, or whether the deal — which is due to expire in the coming months — will be extended or renewed.
In 2014, Australia signed the four-year deal with Cambodia, committing an extra $40 million in aid in exchange for resettling refugees from the offshore detention centre in Nauru.
Another $15 million for “resettlement” services was also pledged, of which $7.88 million has been spent.
That deal is seen as an expensive failure with just three of seven resettled refugees from Nauru remaining in Cambodia.
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