UN refugee agency slams Cambodia-Australia deal

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has distanced itself from Australia’s still unsigned deal to transfer refugees from the Nauru refugee detention center for resettlement in Cambodia, one of Southeast Asia’s poorest nations.

First raised in February, the cash-for-refugees deal is believed to be imminent. Australia’s hardline immigration minister Scott Morrison described progress as being “frustrating,” but a team of 10 bureaucrats from Canberra is now in Phnom Penh attempting to finalize a deal and a site has already been tapped. …

Michael Sainsbury