April 03, 2014
Asylum seekers being held at the Manus Island detention centre will find out this month whether their refugee applications have been approved.
The centre, in Papua New Guinea, is home to over 1,300 asylum seekers who have been intercepted by authorities while trying to reach Australian shores by boat.
Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has met with his Papua New Guinean counterpart Rimbink Pato in Port Moresby to finalise the details of a resettlement agreement between the two countries.
In a joint statement, the pair said the first tranche of initial refugee assessments will be delivered to asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre within a month.
They said asylum seekers who are found to be refugees will be resettled in PNG.
“No-one will be resettled in Australia,” the ministers said.
“A refugee visa has been approved by the government of PNG for those determined to be refugees. The visa will provide for work rights and freedom of movement.”
Asylum seekers who are found not to be refugees will remain in detention on Manus Island until they can be deported.
A review system will be set up for asylum seekers whose refugee applications are rejected.