More asylum seekers transferred to PNG

YET another group of asylum seekers were transferred to Papua New Guinea as reports surfaced that Labor's hardline policy had delayed the arrival of more boats.

More than 150 people have been transferred to Manus Island since the Federal Government last month revealed it had struck a resettlement deal with PNG.

The Department of Immigration confirmed on Thursday a group consisting of 39 single men - 18 Iranians, 11 Pakistanis and 10 people claiming to be stateless - had arrived on Manus at 7.30am.

More than 1500 people have arrived in Australia by boat since July 19, all of whom will eventually be sent to PNG with no hope of being resettled in Australia.

A department official repeated there was no cap on the number of people who could be transferred to PNG and transfers would continue on a regular basis. Women, children and unaccompanied minors will be transferred once appropriate arrangements on Manus are made.

News of the latest transfer, the fourth since the policy was announced, came as The Australian reported as many as 10,000 asylum seekers in Indonesia seeking to come to Australia by boat.

But with news of the PNG solution filtering through, an increasing a number have either delayed or are reconsidering their plans to board a boat bound for Australia.


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