Phnom Penh (dpa) – A refugee has asked to return to Myanmar rather
than stay in Cambodia, in the latest blow to a new Australian-run
resettlement programme, a news report said Monday.
The member of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya community was one of only
four refugees who accepted Australia’s offer of relocation from a
detention camp it runs on the Pacific island of Nauru.
Just three months later, he “asked the Cambodian government to go
back to his home country,” Interior Minister Khieu Sopheak was quoted
as saying by the Cambodia Daily.
Canberra has promised Cambodia 55 million Australian dollars (40
million US dollars) in aid for taking refugees from the holding
centre that currently houses 1,200 migrants who were intercepted at
sea before reaching Australian shores.
On August 31, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the deal
was still on, despite reports that Cambodia wanted to back out.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which oversaw the
transfer, initially said they were settling in well.
The IOM and Cambodian authorities said they were keeping the
refugees’ identities and details of their lives in Cambodia
confidential, to protect their privacy.