Refugees In PNG's Manus Island Interviewed For Possible Resettlement In U.S.

About a dozen people interviewed by company contracted by Department of Homeland Security

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 15, 2017) – About a dozen refugees detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island were interviewed on Wednesday for possible resttlement in the United States.

The Kurdish Journalist and Manus Island detainee, Behrouz Boochani, reported the interviews were conducted by the Resettlement Support Centre, a Singapore-based company contracted by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Boochani said the same company conducted resettlement interviews with refugees detained by Australia on Nauru.

He said Wednesday's interview process lasted for about four hours and the refugees were given a code with which to check their progress towards US resettlement on a website.

Mr Boochani said those interviewed came from several different countries including two men from Afghanistan and three from Iran.

He said Manus Island refugees remained sceptical that they would ever be resettled in the US, after President Trump called the agreement with Australia to take some of the detainees, a dumb deal.

The US Embassy in Port Moresby said staff from the Resettlement Support Centre were scheduled to stay on Manus Island for approximately two weeks.

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