More irregular maritime arrivals transferred to Manus Island

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today confirmed the latest transfer of irregular maritime arrivals to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The group of 18 single adult males arrived at the Manus Island regional processing centre earlier today.

The group, including Iraqi, Sri Lankan and Kuwaiti nationals, was accompanied by detention service provider staff, Australian Federal Police, interpreters, medical and immigration staff.

On arrival in PNG, the group – the 18th transfer to PNG – was scheduled to undergo local immigration clearance processes before being moved into the regional processing centre.

The completion of this transfer reaffirms the strong message of deterrence for anyone considering risking their lives on dangerous people smuggling boats.

“Australia is committed to deterring people from taking dangerous journeys by boat and stopping those people smugglers who profit from this trade,” a DIAC spokesman said. “There will be no advantage for boat arrivals.”

Selection of this group was based on operational considerations and an assessment of their particular circumstances to confirm transfer was appropriate.

DIAC continues to implement the recommendations of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, whose central principle provides that people choosing to travel to Australia by boat should receive no advantage.

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