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On 26 September 2014, Australia and Cambodia signed an agreement providing for the resettlement of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. 

The agreement has received widespread criticism from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as from politicians, lawyers, refugees, human rights advocates and members of the public in both countries. Many of its practical details remain unclear (including how much it will cost in total, how many refugees will be resettled and where they will be accommodated in Cambodia), and it is not certain that all the rights and services that the agreement claims to guarantee to refugees will in fact be made available to them in practice.

This in focus brief supplements our factsheet on the agreement between Australia and Cambodia for the resettlement of refugees from Nauru. This brief provides an up-to-date record of key events relating to this resettlement.

Latest developments

  • Three more refugees reportedly volunteered to be relocated from Nauru to Cambodia under the agreement, but only one (a Syrian man) has done so.

See the timeline below for other key events.




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