9 Sep 2013

Australia says Iranian asylum seekers choose to go home

6:58 pm on 9 September 2013

Australian immigration officials say another 28 Iranians, who had been sent to the asylum seeker detention camp at Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, have chosen to return home.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship says the group was flown to Teheran on Monday after voluntarily electing to go home rather than remain in PNG.

It says this comes after four Iranians chose to go back to Iran last month.

An official says asylum seekers who have arrived by boat since July the 19th are realising that they will not be settled in Australia and more are expected to return home.

About 700 would be refugees, mostly Iranian, remain in the Manus camp.