The refugee-fakers being held on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), after unsuccessfully trying to invade Australia by boat, will all be deported back to their home countries within the next few weeks.
According to a PNG government spokesman, the only exception will be for those whose claims as “refugees” might be recognized—but they will only be offered refuge in PNG, not Australia.
According to reports, the PNG government has held staff meetings at the Manus Island detention center where a government spokesman announced that the first deportations will start at the end of October, and that the camp will be closed shortly thereafter.
A four-page “communication guide” has been given to the invaders in the camp in which they have been told that there “is no future for you here.”
The guide goes on to tell the invaders that the purpose of the center “is for refugee status processing” and that “all processing will end soon.”
The invaders are told that if they are actually refugees, they can “either settle in PNG or depart from PNG to any country where you have a right to live.”
If the invaders are not refugees, then they can “either voluntarily depart from PNG to any country where you can have a right to live,” or the “police may direct the movement of those who refuse to cooperate.”
“No other countries have settlement agreements for refugees from this center,” the document says. “You are free to apply for a visa to any country and to travel to a country where you have the right to enter and reside. You will not be permitted to settle in Australia.”
A recent PNG supreme court decision declared the Manus Island camp illegal and unconstitutional, and ordered its closure.
Staff at the camp were told this week that once all the processing of the asylum applications was complete, those who do not qualify for “refugee status” will be “obliged to return home.” They will be declared “illegal overstayers” and will be forcibly returned to their country of origin.
This may not seem as easy as the PNG government spokesman made it sound. The Iranian government has so far refused to take back any of its nationals who have fled the country—and the vast majority of the Manus Island invaders are Iranians.
According to an official Australian government document detailing the nationalities of the nonwhite invaders, there are a total of 1,313 invaders being held in the holding centers of Manus Island and Nauru.
More than 700 of this number are from Iran, while other nationalities include Sri Lankans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Afghanis, Iraqis, Burmese, Indians, Nepalese, Somalis, and Lebanese.
Staff at the meeting were told the absence of an arrangement between Australia and Iran “does not mean PNG has been not able to come to some other arrangement with Iran to send them back.”
Several dozen of the invaders have refused to submit “asylum” applications in PNG, arguing that they never sought asylum there in the first place. The fact that this statement invalidates their claim that they are asylum seekers in the first place—because strictly speaking, genuine asylum seekers would accept refuge in the first safe country from which they are fleeing—but this fact escapes both the nonwhites and their liberal supporters.
The Australian government has consistently refused to accept any of the invaders being moved to that country, pointing to their well-advertised policy of not granting access to anyone who has tried to enter that country illegally.
Last week, the Australian government told the invaders that there was no option to settle in any other country, and that they would have to settle in PNG or return to their home countries.