Sri Lankan, Iranian families sent to Manus Island

Sri Lankan, Iranian families sent to Manus Island

Sri Lankan, Iranian families sent to Manus Island

Updated 30 November 2012, 14:07 AEDT

A group of families have been sent to the Australian government's processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

A second group of asylum seekers has arrived at the Australian Government's processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

There are now 47 asylum seekers being housed in the recently refurbished centre.

Eight families, made up of 16 adults and 12 children, from Sri Lanka and Iran arrived from Christmas Island this morning.

They join the 19 Sri Lankans and Iranians sent to Manus Island last week.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has said asylum seekers could spend several years on the island waiting for their claims to be processed.

But during a visit to Australia this week, PNG's prime minister Peter O'Neill said he did not want them there "too long" and they should be processed as quickly as possible.