‘Economic refugees’ head for US:
An Australian government minister said “economic refugees” fleeing poverty rather than persecution were among the first asylum seekers to be resettled in the United States under a bilateral deal, adding that an Australia-run immigration camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru had “the world’s biggest collection of Armani jeans and handbags.”
A refugee advocate said the accusation by Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton was an attempt to justify Australia’s refusal to shelter people seeking asylum.
Dutton spoke on Sydney Radio 2GB after Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper published a photograph taken on Tuesday of some of the first 25 refugees from a male-only camp on the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea about to board a flight to the United States. (AP)