Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers


SYDNEY: Australia cannot be “misty-eyed” about boatpeople, the country’s Prime Minister said Thursday, the day after his immigration policy was thrown into disarray when Papua New Guinea (PNG) ordered an offshore processing camp to close. Malcolm Turnbull, who likely faces an election in coming weeks, said allowing even genuine refugees who arrived by boat to settle in Australia would encourage more people to make the risky journey. Canberra has a long-standing policy of sending boatpeople to processing centers in PNG’S Manus island and the Pacific nation of Nauru. Applicants who are deemed legitimate refugees are offered resettlement in PNG or Cambodia, but not admitted to Australia.


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