“Cambodia is a safe country, where police maintain law and order.”
Starting Sunday, Australia will send the first group of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia, under a $40 million resettlement deal.
When the deal between the two countries was signed with the clink of champagne glasses last year, a coalition of human rights groups including the UN refugee agency condemned it as "inappropriate, immoral and likely illegal" and accused Australia of shirking its responsibilities.
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Crikey has obtained a copy of the five-page “Settlement in Cambodia Fact Sheet” given to refugees and asylum seekers at Nauru detention centre. The document touts the benefits of living in the southeast Asian country.
"Moving to Cambodia provides an opportunity for you and your family to start a new life in a safe country, free from persecution and violence, and build your future."
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But the rosy picture of Cambodia that the Australian government paints is very different to the advice it offers its own citizens on its Smart Traveller website.
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