Asylum seekers look at the media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention center, Papua New Guinea in this picture taken March 21, 2014. AAP/Eoin Blackwell/via REUTERS
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Australia has agreed to close an immigration camp housing hundreds of asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea, the Pacific island nation said Wednesday, but gave no timeline.Canberra's policy of sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to outposts on Papua New Guinea and Nauru was thrown into turmoil in April when a PNG court ordered the Manus Island center closed.In a statement released shortly after O'Neill's announcement, Dutton confirmed that his government had been working with PNG to close Manus.Under 'Operation Sovereign Borders' asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia by boat are either sent back to where they departed from or transferred to Nauru and Manus.
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