Money, Manipulation and misunderstanding on Manus Island

Joanne Wallis, Steffen Dalsgaard

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    The treatment of asylum seekers at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has attracted much international attention, but there has been little analysis of its local and transnational impact. This article investigates the repercussions for the communities on Manus Island, on domestic affairs in PNG, and on the relationship between PNG and Australia. Overall, it concludes that the costs arising from the money, manipulation and misunderstanding generated by the centre seem likely to outweigh the purported benefits, particularly for Manusians and other ordinary Papua New Guineans.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)301-329
    JournalJournal of Pacific History
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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