Most of lat­est refugee group re­jected by US

Fiji Sun - - PACIFIC NEWS - Port Moresby: RNZI RNZI

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.

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