'Nope, Nope Nope': Tony Abbott Says No Rohingya Refugees to Australia

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Published on 21 May 2015, 10:16
Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, confirmed Thursday that none of the more than 8,000 Rohingya refugees caught in a weeks-long standoff at sea will be resettled in Australia. Overnight the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to give temporary shelter to the thousands of Rohingya Muslim migrants fleeing Burma and Bangladesh. And Gambia has offered to resettle all Rohingya refugees.
Some have been stranded at sea for weeks after Thai authorities closed a well-used trafficking route out of Burma and the people smugglers jumped ship and left their human cargo to starve. The US has indicated it is willing to take some of the refugees, and the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees has urged Australia to work with its neighbours in finding a solution.
But the prime minister has closed the door on suggestions some could be resettled in Australia: “Nope, nope, nope. I’m sorry. If you want to start a new life, you come through the front door, not through the back door."


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