ASSYLUM SEEKERS TO BE SETTLED IN PNG

The Australian Prime Minister said asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees.

Kevin Rudd has announced the new deal with Papua New Guinea, that means asylum seekers will be sent to PNG for assessment, and if they are found to be refugees, will be settled here.

Mr. Rudd said those found not to be refugees will be sent back to their own nations or a third country.

He said the deal with PNG is aimed at stopping the flow of boats to Australia:

"Today the Prime Minister for Papua New Guinea and I'm announcing a major infinitive to combat the scourge of people smuggling. Today we are announcing new resettlement arrangements between Australia and Papua New Guinea" 

The two leaders announced the deal in Brisbane, Australia, this afternoon.

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says he believes strongly that genuine refugees can be resettled in his nation:

"As Prime Minister Rudd has stated earlier it is not going to be easy, but off course Papua New Guinea is bless with large land mass and a very small population. So there is enough assistance that we can give to Australian Governments in handling this issue of the refuges's that the Australian Government is facing".
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