Refugees in POM return to Manus

Eleven refugees who were in Port Moresby undergoing medical treatment have returned to Manus.

A team from the PNG Immigration, Police and Correctional Service flew with the refugees into Manus last Friday on a chartered Air Nauru flight.

Four of those who were supposed to be on the flight stayed back in Port Moresby.

Manus PPC, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said they were received by PNG Immigration officers and Police and escorted to their new accommodation site at Hillside and West Lorengau in Ward 1.

He said the refugees were voluntarily escorted from Port Moresby to Manus and later transported to their campsite without any use of force.

“They have now joined the other refugees and settled well at their accommodation sites,” Yapu added.

Yapu thanked the service providers, the Paladin Security and NKW, for making logistics and accommodation available for the smooth flow of the exercise.

Sally Pokiton