Aussie government to pay refugees at detention camps in Papua New Guinea $53m as compensation
June 13, Canberra: The Australian government has offered a compensation of $53m to asylum seekers who have been detained in camps in Papua New Guinea.
The 1,905 claimants had sued the government for allegedly suffering harm while being held on PNG's Manus Island between 2012 and 2016.The government said it "strongly denied" the allegations but that settling was a "prudent" decision.
According to reports, the claims by the refugees has garned alot of controversial reports and although the Aussie government refutes all claims, refugees in these camps have been facing hardsips in these camps as they wait for resettlement.
Australia turns away any refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat and sends them to PNG and Nauru.
It says this deters migrants from attempting the life-threatening voyage to its shores in trafficking boats.
But the policy has been heavily criticised both at home and internationally, including by the United Nations.
Despite the millions of dollars it has cost, and the critical headlines it has generated, the Australian government is unlikely to regret its policy of sending asylum seekers offshore.Telling refugees that they will not be allowed to enter.
The Oslo Times International News Network