Refugees sent to Australia for medical treatment may soon be returned to New Zealand

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Refugees sent to Australia for medical treatment after spending time in detention centers at sea could soon be shipped to New Zealand

  • Home Secretary Karen Andrews teams up with New Zealand counterparts to resettle
  • Refugees were sent to Australia for medical treatment after stints in detention
  • Resettlement options will more than likely involve sending them to New Zealand

Refugees in Australia for medical treatment after stints in offshore detention could soon be sent to New Zealand.

Home Secretary Karen Andrews is working with her New Zealand colleagues to resettle refugees who have been medically evacuated to Australia.

“We continue to look at resettlement options for these individuals,” she told 4BC radio on Wednesday.

“We have made it very clear with New Zealand that there will be no back door for these people to go to New Zealand and then return to Australia.

Home Secretary Karen Andrews (pictured) works with her New Zealand colleagues to resettle refugees who have been medically evacuated to Australia

“We are now solving those problems and we will continue to do so, and of course we will continue to work with the United States on resettlement options there too.”

The confirmation comes after talks between trans-Tasman leaders Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern earlier this week.

Several hundred refugees remain in Australia after being transported under the defunct ‘medevac’ laws.

“We are doing everything we can to find resettlement options for them,” said Ms Andrews.

“We obviously want to do that as soon as possible.”

New Zealand has a long-standing offer to welcome refugees from Australia’s network of offshore processing centers that has never been taken up.

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