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In breaking news, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island processing centre will close following yesterday’s supreme court ruling.

The court found that holding asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal and now the government is telling Australia to make new arrangements.

In a statement, Mr O’Neill said that his government “will immediately ask the Australian Government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum seekers”.

“For those that have been deemed to be legitimate refugees, we invite them to live in Papua New Guinea only if they want to be a part of our society and make a contribution to our community,” he said.

“It is clear that several of these refugees do not want to settle in Papua New Guinea and that is their decision.”

There is no response yet from the Australian government, with many people questioning what will happen to all of the asylum seekers being held there and where they will be sent to.

There are currently 850 men on Manus Island, about half of which have been found to be legitimate refugees.

A number of Australian ministers have already said that they will not be brought to Australia, but there is no word yet on where exactly they will end up.

What do you think about this news? Are you happy to see Manus Island close? Where do you think the asylum seekers will be relocated to?

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  1. They should be allowed to come to Australia and be processed here and have the correct medical treatment if required.

  2. They should be allowed to come to Australia and be processed here and have the correct medical treatment if required.

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    • And you should open your doors to them.
      Actions speak louder than words!

  3. I do not want to see the problems which are happening overseas with refugees start in this country . Not they say there are 850 men where are the women? This seems to be the common vein even in Europe. Why does Saudi Arabia not take Islamic refugees into their country—something is off here when they have an enormous tent city which does not house anyone

  4. They should go home and get a refund from the smugglers… if they can afford the smugglers fee, then they don’t need our welfare payments

  5. If they don’t want to settle in PN then they are too fussy. If they won’t accept the offer ship them back to where they came from. Beggars can’t be choosers.

  6. There is a Muslim country on our doorstep which should cater to their desires – Indonesia!
    Why don’t they want to settle there?????
    Maybe the welfare, if any, is not as generous!

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