Australia To Close Manus Island Asylum Centre

Australia and Papua New Guinea said they have agreed to close a controversial Australian-Funded Asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island, although the ultimate fate of 800 refugees held in the camp remained unclear. Under Australian Law, anyone intercepted trying to reach the country by boat is sent for processing to camps on the tiny pacific Island of Nauru or to Manus Island off Papua New Guinea. They are never eligible to be resettled in Australia. PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said in a statement he had met Australia’s Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, in Port Moresby. He said they are in agreement that Manus Island centre is to be closed. Some Asylum seekers have spent years in the camps, which have been criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups, with numerous reports of abuse and self-harm amongst Asylum Seekers. Some in PNG are unhappy with the prospect of hundreds of Asylum Seekers being resettled into their country and there have been reports of Asylum Seekers being attacked by locals.

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