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Asylum seekers: Morrison to sign resettlement deal with Cambodia

Nauru
Australia is seeking to move asylum seekers from the island of Nauru.
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The Cambodian government says Australia’s immigration minister, Scott Morrison, will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two governments on Friday, sealing a controversial deal that would see refugees resettled in Cambodia from the South Pacific island of Nauru.

According to a statement released by Cambodia’s ministry of foreign affairs and international co-operation, Morrison will pay a two-day visit to Phnom Penh starting on Friday and will co-sign the memorandum with Cambodia’s interior minister, Sar Kheng, at 3pm.

Negotiations between the two countries began in February, when Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, paid a visit to Cambodia.

But the full details of the deal have not been publicly disclosed and refugee advocacy groups, as well as the UNHCR, have expressed concern about the welfare of the refugees upon their arrival in Cambodia.

Morrison has been contacted for comment.

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