How can the crisis on Manus Island be resolved?


The Australia-based Refugee Action Coalition said officials destroyed property in the camp and attempted to destroy water wells that have sustained the asylum seekers for the past two weeks.

Under the U.S. deal, up to 1,250 asylum seekers detained by Australia in Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the South Pacific could be resettled in the United States in return for Australia accepting refugees from Central America. The camp officially closed on October 31, but the detainees, who were sent to the island as part of Australia's offshore detention program, have refused to relocate to temporary accommodations.

"That's a good approach, if those that really want to go to Lorengau than they obviously can go there but those that did not really want to go to Lorengau they can stay back in Lobrum awaiting this court and you can't force anybody against his will and so they can't be forced to go to the place where they don't really want to go, so the approach that they are taking is good", the refugees and asylum seekers lawyer Ben Lomai said.

There were about 20 protesters outside the high commission on Monday afternoon, of whom three or four were chained to the gates.

"Those refugees were sitting in their compounds and staring at us without any signs of moving out from the centre", the Manus provincial police commander said in the statement.

Yapu added that he needed "some clear directives on our next course of action" to persuade the men to leave.

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Boochani said those who agreed to move to those new sites have complained about the harsh conditions there. So far, the United States has accepted only 54. Under a refugee deal with America, which Mr Trump has described as "the worst deal ever", some of the Manus refugees will be going to the United States.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has criticised Australia's handling of the escalating refugee crisis as the situation on Manus Island reaches fever pitch.

"In terms of the people now at the Manus Island centre, they should comply with the lawful requirements of the government of Papua New Guinea", Turnbull told reporters in the Philippines on Tuesday, adding that the U.S. deal "is progressing".

Asked about reports that Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove the men from the centre, Ms Ardern said she would once again raise her country's offer to take refugees from Manus Island with Mr Turnbull.

Despite widespread criticism, Canberra has defended its offshore processing policy as stopping deaths at sea after a spate of drownings.