The first ever charter flight for refugees from Nauru to be relocated in Cambodia is scheduled for next week.
Nauru is a small island located in the Central Pacific, that once belonged to Germany. After WWI, Australia seized control of Nauru, but a few years later, a joint mandate meant that the island was controlled not only by Australia, but also Britain and New Zealand. However, the island eventually landed in the hands of Australia, only.
Since Australia does not currently have its doors open to welcome refugees, many asylum seekers have landed in Nauru.
However, it's known that refugees in Nauru haven't been treated very well, and live in extremely poor conditions.
Now, Australia and Cambodia have come to an agreement that would allow several refugees from the island to settle in Cambodia.
Although this might be very good news for the refugees that have been living in Nauru, the world is a little skeptical about what Cambodia is actually offering.
The refugees chosen for the flight, who are offering to pay their rescue in cash once they arrive in the Southeast Asian country, have been given a fact sheet about Cambodia.
The fact sheet says that Cambodia "doesn't have a problem with violence or stray dogs".
Additionally, the refugees have been promised cash when they first arrive, and a bank account. They have been offered financial support, and the opportunity to apply for Cambodian citizenship after seven years.
Meanwhile, they will be placed in accommodations that Australia will select, however, it seems like their description of the accommodations are a bit misleading.
One might wonder how bad the conditions really are in Nauru in order for the refugees to be convinced to come to Cambodia. Although Cambodia might have some benefits, such as low cost of living, the country has a problem treating its own citizens well.
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For now, it is only a matter of time before we see how this $40 million resettlement deal plays out.
So far, people already are criticizing the deal, saying it is 'shameful' and illegal. The UNHCR is very concerned that Cambodia doesn't have the means to take on refugees, and when they arrive, the refugees might find themselves in a very bad situation once again.