With NZ offer rejected, Manus refugees doubt USA resettlement prospects

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after a visit to Borough Market in central London

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Papua New Guinea security officials shouted at refugees who were fetching food from an Australian refugee camp, refugees at the center told Reuters. They include Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Afghans, Iranians, Sri Lankans and other nationalities, and are nearly entirely men.

Steinmeier, who is in the western city of Perth for a German-Australian business conference, said he had been assured that the government was looking at giving "better care and accommodation" to the refugees who have remained in the center.

Service providers and contractors have left the island, according to Australian media reports.

Australia's offshore detention policies have been heavily criticised by the United Nations and human rights groups but are backed the centre-right government and the Labor opposition.

Around 500 of the men have still not had their asylum claims processed, he said. I think given the situation they've got there at the moment.

"We have conveyed to the Australian government and to the local government of Papua New Guinea as well that until the time the accommodation is ready, refugees should not be moved there", UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said.

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Since the centre's closure last Tuesday, food, water, power and medical services were cut from the centre, where about 600 refugees are refusing to leave.

"At the moment hundreds of naked men are lying around me", wrote Boochani.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is "hard to ignore the human face" of the crisis on Manus Island and the issue should not be ignored.

New Zealand on Friday became the first country to publicly offer to intercede, when Arden said she would offer to take 150 refugees from Australia's two remote Pacific detention centers at the meeting with Turnbull in Sydney.

Australia has previously rejected a similar offer by former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, citing the ability of asylum seekers to freely move to Australia after relocation.

The stand-off was a "disgrace", Crowe, a New Zealand citizen who has lived in Australia for most of his life, told his 2.7 million Twitter followers. And the only hope we now have is the New Zealand government. Under the deal, which Obama's successor Donald Trump has called "dumb" - though later agreeing to honor it - Australia will take in migrants from Central America.

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