21 Apr 2006

NZ says no request made by Australia to accept refugees

3:34 pm on 21 April 2006

New Zealand's Immigration Ministry says it hasn't received any request from Australia about resettling asylum seekers.

This follows Australian media reports that under the revamped "Pacific Solution", Canberra could try and settle successful applicants for asylum in countries such as New Zealand and the Netherlands.

This would follow the processing of the asylum seekers on offshore detention centres like on Nauru and Christmas Island.

A ministry spokesman says the New Zealand government would assess any request for resettlement on its merits at the time.