A novel (and odd) solution: Australia hard-sells Cambodia to asylum seekers it doesn't want

April 23, 2015 3:16 PM

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A novel (and odd) solution: Australia hard-sells Cambodia to asylum seekers it doesn't want

In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, then Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, left, shows a signed document with Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng in Phnom Penh, after a deal on resettling refugees currently held at an Australian-run detention camp on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru. Australia has long warned the more than 700 asylum seekers it has detained on Nauru they will never be welcome on its shores. But it is now hard-selling another unlikely destination it claims offers "a wealth of opportunity" to start a new life: Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1974 file photo, Cambodians flee Khmer Rouge insurgents during artillery shelling of Phnom Penh. Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide, the Southeast Asian country is not exactly the place that the world's refugees dream of reaching. Plagued by pov...

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