The Ministry of Immigration and Border Protection says that the remaining 64 migrants on the psyche will be moved to homes found in Port Moresby or abroad
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – Papua New Guinea took an important step towards closing the island refugee camps that were synonymous with Australia’s much-publicized immigration policies on Monday, 2 September.
The Ministry of Immigration and Border Security announced that it was ending a contract with an Australian-backed firm running a camp on Manus Island.
The ministry described the end of Paladin Holdings’ liaison to provide security and other services as “the most important milestone to end regional processing in the province of Manus”.
For the past two decades, Australia has given refugees title to the country – including those seeking asylum – in offshore detention centers on the Manas, Nauru and Christmas islands.
Condemned by the United Nations, but camps supported by Australia’s major parties saw hunger strikes, demonstrations and suicide attempts among detainees.
The ministry said that the remaining 64 migrants on the Manas would be moved to homes found in Port Moresby or abroad.
The ministry said the Papua New Guinea company would be contracted to provide services in the interim and some facilities would become education centers.
In Papua New Guinea, locals complained about being part of Australia’s policy, fearing it would tarnish their country and drain police and other necessary resources.
Minister Petrus Thomas said, “With the end of regional processing, the Manusi communities will be able to re-establish their identity on the issue.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s auditor-general is investigating whether Paladin – who had little experience, was slightly capitalized and had ties to a senior Papua New Guinea politician – averaged $ 420 million (US $ 283 million). Managed to win more than one government contract