Minister agreed UNHCR could put ‘compelling humanitarian cases’ held in offshore detention up for resettlement in Australia, then went back on the understanding, senior official says

Peter Dutton agreed to allow the United Nations to put cases for especially vulnerable refugees held in offshore detention camps to be resettled in Australia, but then reneged on the understanding, a senior UN official has said.

Volker Türk, the assistant high commissioner for protection within the UN’s refugee agency, told the ABC’s 7.30 program the immigration minister agreed in a meeting last year that the UNHCR could present “compelling humanitarian cases with strong family links in Australia” for resettlement in Australia without fanfare or public acknowledgement of any exception to government policy.

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