22 Jul 2013

Australia/PNG refugee deal called ridiculous

7:23 pm on 22 July 2013

The founder of an NGO which works with squatter settlement communities in Papua New Guinea's capital has described as potentially dangerous the government's new refugee agreement with Australia.

PNG and Australia agreed on Friday that all boat people reaching Australia who are subsequently found to be genuine refugees will be resettled in PNG.

Father John Glynn has questioned how a country which fails to accomodate its most vulnerable can provide new settlers with homes, education, health care and jobs.

He warns that people in PNG's squatter settlements may not react well to the new arrangement,.

"It really is ridiculous and in fact it could even be dangerous because we have a lot of people living in the settlements here who are already estranged from PNG authority and ready to riot. And once this suggestion gets known amongst them, the situation could be dangerous, could certainly be threatening."

Father John Glynn