PNG wants Australia to put deadline on refugee resettlement

‘Australia urged to put deadline on Manus refugee resettlement’, ABC News, 21 March 2018

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

The Papua New Guinea Government wants Australia to set a deadline to get refugees from Manus Island out of the country.

Key points:

  • PNG officials fear a large number of Manus refugees will not be included in the US deal
  • Attempts to resettle the men in PNG has largely failed, PNG’s Immigration Minister says
  • Cambodia’s the only country which could take refugees from Australia’s offshore processing centres

PNG has formed a special team to negotiate with Australia’s Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon.

So far, only 84 of the roughly 600 refugees on Manus Island have been sent to the United States under the resettlement deal between Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former US president Barack Obama.

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