27 Aug 2013

Australia continues moving asylum seekers to PNG

2:56 pm on 27 August 2013

Australia has continued to shift its asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea, sending another 40 to its camp on Manus island.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship says it has flown 35 Iranians, two Afghans, one Iraqi and two people claiming to be stateless to Manus.

It says they are all single adult males.

The group is the 11th sent to PNG since Canberra decided last month to process asylum seekers arriving by boat abroad and to settle those found to be refugees outside Australia.

While Australia also runs detention centres in Nauru, it is exploring whether it can build more such camps in PNG.

Canberra says there is no cap on the number of people who can be transferred to PNG, but PNG disagrees, saying Australia will need to take back a share of them.