/ 07 October 2021

Oz to end offshore processing in PNG

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Nauru will soon be Australia’s only regional offshore processing centre after Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews yesterday said the arrangement with Papua New Guinea will end on 31 December. Set up by the Gillard Government in 2012, PNG has wanted to end things after the Australian-run Manus Island Detention Centre shut in 2017. Of the 1,229 people in the centre at the end of 2015, 124 men remain in PNG, mainly in Port Moresby. They will have the option to settle there permanently or be transferred to Australia’s centre in Nauru. There are also some awaiting resettlement in America under Australia’s refugee swap deal. Australia’s offshore processing regime has been criticised by the United Nations and plenty of human rights groups, but Andrews yesterday said the Morrison Government’s border protection policies “have not changed”.

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