Philippines says has 'no capacity' to resettle asylum seekers


  • World
  • Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015

Residents displaced by fighting cross a makeshift foot bridge in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in southern Philippines March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

MANILA (Reuters) - President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday said the Philippines had "no capacity" to permanently relocate asylum seekers now being held in Australian detention camps on remote, impoverished South Pacific islands.

Hundreds of boat people seeking asylum in Australia have been placed in detention camps on Manus island in Papua New Guinea and on the tiny island of Nauru.

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