Australian Refugee Detention Center to Be Closed
But what happens to the inmates? Asylum seekers hoping to reach Australia have long been put in offshore holding centers, including Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. But this spring, PNG’s Supreme Court ruled that the practice was unconstitutional, and now the two nations have confirmed: The center will be closed, though not immediately. It’s still not clear where the 854 men held on the island will go, but a spokesperson for Human Rights Watch called on Australia to immediately accept the detainees as refugees or move them to a safe third country.