Cambodia Takes First Refugees From Australia in Aid-For-Refugees Deal

Cambodia has agreed to take four refugees held by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru, kickstarting a controversial deal under which Phnom Penh will receive an extra $30 millionin aid in return for accepting asylum seekers. The deal, struck last September, has been criticized by human rights groups and opposition lawmakers in both countries, who accuse Australia of shirking its international obligations by redirecting asylum seekers to other countries in the region. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday ruled out resettling any of the migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia waters, saying "Nope, nope, nope" when asked by reporters about the issue.



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