Syrian man becomes third refugee resettled in Cambodia: reports

Syrian man becomes third refugee resettled in Cambodia: reports

Syrian man becomes third refugee resettled in Cambodia: reports

Updated 25 May 2017, 22:55 AEST

Australia's Government reportedly resettles a Syrian refugee from Nauru to Cambodia, as part of a $55 million deal struck three years ago.

The Australian Government has reportedly resettled a Syrian refugee from Nauru to Cambodia, as part of a $55 million deal struck three years ago.

Key points:

  • Australian Government refused to confirm refugee's arrival
  • $55 million resettlement deal struck with Cambodia in 2014
  • Seven refugees took up offer to resettle but four returned to countries of origin

The Syrian man arrived in Cambodia this week, according a report in the Phnom Penh Post newspaper which quoted the head of the Cambodian Government's refugee department.

The Australian Government refused to confirm his arrival.

"We don't comment on individual cases," a spokeswoman from the Ministry of Immigration and Border Protection said.

The International Organisation for Migration — which was given $15.5 million to assist resettlement — also declined to confirm the latest arrival.

The refugee deal was struck in 2014 after Australia pledged $40 million in aid money to Cambodia.

Seven refugees have so far taken up the offer, but four have since returned to their countries of origin.

Two Iranian men, an Iranian woman and a man from Myanmar returned to their home countries in late 2015 and early 2016.

Two of the men remaining in Cambodia are from Syria, while the other is from Myanmar.