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New Zealand repeats offer to take Australia camp refugees

06 November 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will not accept an offer from New Zealand to resettle asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru 'at this time.' .

"Australia deny to give our fundamental rights such as water and food", said Adam.

Noting that all migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers have a right to a safe and secure environment, a right to an adequate standard of living and to participate in the decision-making process that is affecting their future, Colville said: "Human dignity should be ensured throughout the entire processing of their asylum claims".

"That is an offer that does remain on the table, so whilst it has not been taken up immediately, the prime minister thanked New Zealand for the offer, acknowledged it and it is something that still remains in place", she said.

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Campaigners say the government in Canberra is "treating the men like animals" and are demanding they be allowed to resettle in Australia.

Ms Ardern said New Zealand's offer had not been rejected outright. However, the refugees fear for their safety from locals and have refused to leave. "We will not have our immigration program, our sovereignty, our borders, outsourced to people-smugglers", he said.

Donald Trump called it a dumb deal but Malcolm Turnbull says the United States agreement to take 1250 refugees from Australia is his priority over New Zealand's offer to help 150.

Colville joined the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in warning of an "unfolding humanitarian emergency" in the centre where asylum seekers began digging wells on Thursday to try to find water as their food supplies dwindled. "They force us to starve".

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"I acknowledge that, while New Zealand has not had to contend with these issues on our shores, it's hard to ignore the human face of this situation and nor should it be ignored", Ardern wrote. They are Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Afghans, Iranians, Sri Lankans and other nationalities. "You can't keep political hostages".

However, Turnbull declined, saying he preferred to pursue an existing refugee deal negotiated earlier with former U.S. President Barack Obama which sends 1,250 refugees to the United States and in turn requires Australia to accept Central American asylum seekers.

New Zealand citizens are typically allowed to work and live in Australia, a pathway that Australia fears could be used by the refugees to move to Australia.

Mr Turnbull will meet Donald Trump on the sidelines of the East Asia summit in the Philippines later this month and is facing calls to lobby for the USA president to speed up the resettlement process.

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New Zealand repeats offer to take Australia camp refugees