Manus asylum seekers 2016

Love dilemma for refugees in Manus

He issued the call after Loop PNG enquired about local women marrying refugees.

“When they are taken away or move away, what will happen to the wives and children? PNG immigration has to be aware that they and their Australian counterparts are exposed to anyone taking a lawsuit on them over their mishandling of the whole thing,” Knight said.

“My major concern is the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) staff marrying asylum seekers. It clearly is a mess that immigration has to fix immediately.

Five refugees for resettlement ‘test cases’

Lawyer Ben Lomai, who is representing over 600 residents at the processing centre, will be assisting the Supreme Court to identify five of his clients to undergo the resettlement test case.

The request came from Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on Monday when receiving an update of the progress on processing on the island from Laias Kandi, the lawyer representing Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato and the Chief Migration officer Mataio Rabura.

​1010 transferees termed as ‘residents’ in Manus

This was what the lawyer representing the chief migration officer and Minister for Immigration, Laias Kandi, told the Supreme Court.

Kandi returned to court on Tuesday afternoon with a list of particulars, as requested by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on June 22, of all transferees brought to Manus from Australia in 2013. 

They have been categorised into three main groups; those processed and identified as refugees, the asylum seekers currently still undergoing processing and those identified as non-refugees.