28 May '11, 5am

Solomons 'offer to host Australia migrant centre'

SYDNEY: South Pacific nations including the Solomon Islands have offered to host processing centres for boatpeople arriving in Australia, according to a report. Australia wants to send all asylum seekers who arrive by boat to other nations to have their refugee claims assessed as it struggles to break people-smuggling rings which bring hundreds of people to its shores each year. The government has said that Malaysia and Papua New Guinea are its main focus, but The Weekend Australian newspaper said that South Pacific Nations such as the politically fragile Solomons were also keen to be part of the plan. The newspaper cited unnamed senior government sources as saying the Solomons had already made an approach to a parliamentary secretary for Pacific islands affairs to host an Australia-funded processing centre but it was declined. Prime Minister Julia Gillard's centre-left La...

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