Australia Offers To Pay Manus Refugees $20,000 To Return To Home Countries

Government rushing to close detention center in Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 1, 2017) – The Australian government will be offering money to refugees in Manus who agree to return to their home countries as it rushes to shut down the detention centre.

While most of the refugees have refused to stay in PNG, Australia has promised to give each refugee $25,000 [US$19,600] if they agree to return to their country of origin.

Last year, Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court resounded global protests when it ruled the detention centre breached human rights and ordered its closure.

Many praised the closure as a good thing, however, the United Nations has  slammed the “deteriorating conditions” inside facility as utilities are cut off.

The plight of the Rohingya refugees has been well-documented in the media in recent times.

They are an ethnic group from the southern state of Rakhine in Myanmar, but since 1982 the government has denied them citizenship.

It is estimated almost one million of them have fled their home country since the government began routine crackdowns in the 1970s.

Approximately 370,000 have fled in the last few weeks alone.

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