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PNG delivers on refugee settlement



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The Hon Peter Dutton MP Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

MEDIA RELEASE

22 October 2015

PNG DELIVERS ON REFUGEE SETTLEMENT

The Australian Government welcomes the announcement from the Government of Papua New Guinea that it will soon commence refugee settlement following approval by the National Executive Committee for the National Refugee Policy.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the policy paved the way for settlement in PNG of persons found to be refugees who had been transferred under the Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA).

“This is delivering on the intentions of the RRA, consistent with the spirit of partnership that exists between our two countries”.

“The Australian Government is committed to continuing to support the PNG-led arrangements under the RRA.

“Consistent with the RRA, persons transferred to PNG, who are found to be refugees, will be resettled in PNG. No-one will be resettled in Australia,” Mr Dutton said.

“The PNG Government has shown with this announcement its commitment to permit those found to be refugees to get on with their lives and have a fresh start in this dynamic nation with a growing economy.”

Further information: John Wiseman or Merryn Royle - 02 6277 7860

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Sophia Dickinson 9am 19 October 2015

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Kingsley Woodford-Smith

AS Regional Processing and Settlement 8:24pm 18 October 2015

Cheryl-anne Moy FAS Children, Community and Settlement 6:14pm 22 October 2015

Mark Jeffries AS, Communication and Media 6:11pm 22 October 2015

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