Refugees including from Sri Lanka, rejected by Australia will soon fly from the Pacific atoll of Nauru to be resettled in Cambodia, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said quoting the Australian government on Thursday.
ABC reported that a charter flight on Monday will fly the first refugees to be resettled in Phnom Penh under a bilateral agreement signed by Cambodia and Australia last September.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office did not specify when the first group will fly.
"The first group of volunteers is anticipated to depart for Cambodia in the near future," Dutton's office said in a statement.
The specific nationalities of the people to be sent to Cambodia were not released. Refugees from many countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka, have tried to reach Australia in recent years.
The agreement specifies that all refugees who leave the Australia-run detention camp on Nauru must be volunteers.
The deal with Cambodia will cost the Australian government more than 10 million Australian dollars ($7.6 million) a year and has been condemned by human rights groups.
ABC reports that a fact sheet distributed among refugees at Nauru promises a one-off package for the first who agree to be resettled.
They were offered "cash in hand and in a bank account," ABC reported.
The package includes help finding work, and access to education, language training and health insurance, ABC said.
Dutton's office declined to provide AP with a copy of the fact sheet.
Australia refuses to resettle refugees who attempt to reach its shores by boat. It pays Nauru to house asylum seekers and has a similar deal with Papua New Guinea.
More than 200 of the 1,200 asylum seekers on Nauru, mostly from South Asia and the Middle East, had been assessed to be genuine refugees.
The Lankans should be asked to return home as there is new regime. These Europeans, colonised Aussie with in the last 300 years and doing these to the people of these area.First they all should be sent back to Europe. Lol!
edward theophilus Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:36 AM
These people are economic migrants creating bad name to Sri Lanka. there is nothing wrong done by Australia. They should to worse place than Sri Lanka
Premalal Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:48 AM
Has anyone stopped to think why all these refugees from middle east take such risks to go to the west which they hate and not to Saudi Arabia. ? The Saudies have space money and a common culture and religion. You have to respect the apprehensions of western citizens when they are swamped by people who hate the western values.
daily editor moda Thursday, 16 April 2015 01:35 PM
Good for these ECONOMY REFUGEES to work in the paddy field for a living
Abdul Thursday, 16 April 2015 02:03 PM
i feel sorry for cambodia. the rejected sri lankan refugees are not true refugees. they are economic migrants.
Prem Nath Friday, 17 April 2015 09:46 AM
Wow,now refugees being settled in Cambodia.From the frying pan into the fire. Good luck guys.
tasleem Thursday, 16 April 2015 09:31 AM
this is unfair deccesions by australian authorities. poor people so they will have give shelter to those people. via DM Android App
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