Australia agrees to close controversial refugee detention centre

August 17, 2016 8:32 AM

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Australia agrees to close controversial refugee detention centre

[SYDNEY] Australia and Papua New Guinea on Thursday said they had agreed to close a controversial Australian-funded asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island, although the ultimate fate of 800 refugees held in the camp remained unclear.

Under Australian law, anyone intercepted trying to reach the country by boat is sent for processing to camps on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru or to Manus Island off Papua New Guinea (PNG). They are never eligible to be resettled in Australia.

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