‘Eco­nomic refugees’ head for US:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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)

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