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Australia agrees to pay $53 million Compensation to detainees

The Australian government and its contractors have offered compensation totaling A$70m (£41m; $53m) to refugees detained in Papua New Guinea.

The more than one thousand claimants alleged they suffered harm while being held on Papua New Guinea Manus Island between 2012 and 2016.

Government has strongly denied the allegations, but said it will settle the refugees.

Australia turns away any refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat and sends them to PNG and Nauru.

It says this deters migrants from attempting the life-threatening voyage to its shores in trafficking boats.

But the policy has been heavily criticised both at home and internationally, including by the United Nations.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS

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