From the UNHCR -
Malaysian law makes no distinction between refugees and undocumented migrants. There are some 4 million migrants in the country, approximately 2 million of whom are undocumented and considered illegal. Refugees are vulnerable to arrest for immigration offences, and may be subject to detention, prosecution and punishment, including whipping and deportation. National NGOs have limited capacity to support asylum-seekers and refugees, while international NGOs face significant difficulties in operating in the country.
Anyone who thinks that refugees just loll about country shopping and rioting over smart phones and the dole bludgers really should read this article. Full of inspiring people who were given second chance in this country - both boat arrivals and offshore visa applicants.
"Those found to have genuine refugee status will be resettled in Papua New Guinea and other participating countries in our region," Mr O'Neill said.
"There is no guarantee of citizenship unless and until all the requirements of our residency and citizenship laws have been met."
PNG citizenship can only be applied for after eight years of residency, and applicants must speak Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu or "a vernacular of the country, sufficiently for normal conversational purpose."
PNG currently does not allow dual citizenship, and applicants must pay about $A4,500 in fees, as well as provide birth and marriage certificates.
So Mr. Rudd has effectively bought the prime minister of PNG with Australian tax payer money. And a lot of it.
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