Asylum seekers who survive the treacherous sea voyage to Australia have not been finding refuge. They are usually sent to detention centers on the islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Australia then pays the poorer countries for detaining the refugees. It is estimated that over 2,000 refugees have been detained in these camps for about 3 years and have been given no notification of when they will be able to leave. Australian citizens have been protesting these illegal actions.
This week, the UN has been trying to make an agreement to shut down two refugee detainment centers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Human rights groups claim that the centers house hundreds of people living in deplorable conditions. Shutting them down would be a huge feat. However, this agreement requires a deal. The Aussies and the UN is asking the US to resettle some of those refugees within their own boarders.
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