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Rohingyan Refugee Resettled in a 43-Million Dollar Australia, Cambodia Deal wants to be Shipped Home

A van enters a residence that will temporarily house the first group of asylum seekers from a remote South Pacific detention centre, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia June 4, 2015. The first asylum seekers arrived in Cambodia on Thursday under a controversial Australian resettlement scheme that critics say amounts to dumping refugees and shirking international obligations. The three Iranians and one Rohingya, a mostly stateless Muslim minority residing in Myanmar, are the only ones among 677 detainees on Nauru island to so far take up a resettlement offer struck between the two countries last September. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A van enters a residence that temporarily houses the first group of asylum seekers from a remote South Pacific detention centre, in Phnom Penh

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PHNOM PENH – One of four Australia’s refugees, who resettled in Cambodia as part of a 43-million-U.S. dollar resettlement deal between Australia and Cambodia, has asked to be sent back to his birth country Myanmar, just three months after his arrival, local media reported Sunday.

The four — a Myanmar’s Rohingyan minority man and three Iranians — who were denied access to Australia and held on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru, voluntarily agreed to resettle in Cambodia on June 4. Since then, they have been temporarily housed in a villa on the outskirts of Phnom Penh under the care of the International Organization for Migration.

A refugee (2nd R) held under Australian custody in the Central Pacific island of Nauru is escorted to a waiting vehicle by Cambodian police

A refugee (2nd R) held under Australian custody in the Central Pacific island of Nauru is escorted to a waiting vehicle by Cambodian police

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Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Khieu Sopheak said that the Rohingyan minority man had requested to return to his birth country because he wanted to reunite with his family. “He misses his homeland and asked to be sent back to Myanmar,” the spokesman was quoted by the Fresh News, a well-known Khmer- language news website, as saying.

He added that the man’s request was voluntary and Cambodia would contact the Myanmar government to repatriate him to his hometown.

Cambodia and Australia signed a refugee deal last September, under which Australia will send refugees, who intend to seek asylum in Australia and are being held in an offshore detention camp in Nauru, to resettle in Cambodia.

Australia had provided 31 million U.S. dollars in aid to Cambodia as part of the agreement. In May this year, it unveiled an additional 12 million U.S. dollars for the resettlement plan.

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