The partnership between Australia and Cambodia on immigration issues was strengthened yesterday following a series of high-level meetings.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton met with the
Director General of the General Department of Immigration H.E. General Sok Phal and other Cambodian officials in Canberra.
Mr Dutton said the meeting reaffirmed the close working relationship between Australia and Cambodia on a variety of immigration issues.
“Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding last year our two nations have been working very closely together,” Mr Dutton said.
“Our meetings yesterday have reinforced our nations’ commitment to successfully resettle refugees from Nauru and tackle people smuggling and other global immigration matters.”
During the meeting Mr Dutton acknowledged the methodical approach that the Government of Cambodia had applied to integrate the first group of refugees into the community.
This was highlighted by the recent movement of the refugees from the initial transit accommodation to their own accommodation in Cambodia.
Director General Sok Phal is visiting Australia to co-host the fifth Australia-Cambodia Immigration Forum alongside officials from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The forum provides senior officials from both countries an opportunity to discuss cooperation on vital immigration issues such as people smuggling and human trafficking.