Papua New Guinea Demands Australia Remove Refugees
Papua New Guinea’s new prime minister, James Marape, has called on Australia Friday to set a deadline for relocating several hundred refugees and asylum-seekers who have been stranded in his country since the closure of a migrant camp. The Manus Island detention center closed in October 2017 after judges in Papua New Guinea said it was unconstitutional. About 450 former detainees remain on the island in community housing or in the capital, Port Moresby. Most are refugees who have been told by the government in Canberra that as part of uncompromising border polices they will never been allowed to be resettled in Australia. Few have any desire to stay in Papua New Guinea, but their presence in the impoverished country is putting pressure on health services and fueling tensions with local residents.Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, James Marape, wants senior Australian ministers to set a timetable for the men to be removed. “I have met immigration minister Peter Dutton already," said Marape. "I have asked him to expedite the process of phasing out the issues of asylum seekers. We need to establish a timeline going forward and there are genuine refugees and there are also non-genuine refugees. What happens to the rest of them we have in-country? These are human beings we are dealing with. We can't leave them all hanging in space with no serious consideration to their future.”FILE - Nibok refugee settlement on Nauru, Sept. 4, 2018.Six years ago, Australia started its policy of sending all asylum-seekers caught trying to reach the country by sea to offshore camps on Manus Island and the tiny Pacific republic of Nauru. They were told they would never be allowed into Australia, even as genuine refugees.Australia has argued that the risk of being sent to a camp in the South Pacific has been a... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Papua New Guinea Demands Australia Remove Refugees, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 19 July
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