Myanmar refugee first to accept Cambodia resettlement


Refugees and migrants in the migrant holding centre on the Pacific island of Nauru. Photo: EPA

Refugees and migrants in the migrant holding centre on the Pacific island of Nauru. Photo: EPA

An ethnic Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar is the first refugee from Australia’s Nauru detention centre to volunteer for a controversial Australian resettlement plan, reports the Voice of America on April 23.

Cambodia said it is reviewing the case of the first refugee at the Nauru detention centre to volunteer for a controversial Australian resettlement plan.

A Cambodian interior ministry spokesman told VOA that the first refugee to agree to resettle in Cambodia is an ethnic Rohingya who had fled Myanmar hoping to resettle in Australia. He said his age and appearance were not known.

Cambodia signed an agreement with Australia last year to accept more than 1,000 refugees, who are being detained by Australia on the island nation of Nauru. The agreement included what has been described as a US$30 million [K30 billion] aid package for Cambodia.

Australia has come under a great deal of criticism for its tough policy on blocking asylum seekers. This latest news comes at a time when Europe is also suffering its own crisis with migrants and refugees from Africa, Asia and Middle East seeking to enter illegally.

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