Most of latest refugee group rejected by US
Seventy-two per cent of Manus Island refugees in the latest group applying for resettlement in the United States have been rejected. Only nine of 32 were accepted - four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil and two Pakistanis.
The only Iranian in the group was rejected, which has been the pattern since US re-settlement started. The Refugee Action Coalition said a total of 467 refugees - 300 from Nauru and 167 from Manus - have so far been resettled in the US. It said about 20 Manus refugees are in Port Moresby waiting to go, and a similar number are waiting in Nauru. and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Matai Seremaiah.
Their dismissal followed rumours of a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Carlot Salwai’s leadership that has allegedly been signed by over 27 MPs. The Speaker of Parliament Esmon Simon has denied receiving any motion.