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Second Group of Nauru Refugees Slated To Arrive Next Month


Refugees enter a van at Phnom Penh International Airport, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, June 4, 2015. Four asylum seekers rejected by Australia have arrived in Cambodia, becoming the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to resettle in the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Khem Sovannara, Stringer)

Refugees enter a van at Phnom Penh International Airport, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, June 4, 2015. Four asylum seekers rejected by Australia have arrived in Cambodia, becoming the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to resettle in the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Khem Sovannara, Stringer)

The four refugees—three Iranian and one Rohingya, from Myanmar—will arrive as part of a widely criticized deal with Australia.

A second group of refugees is scheduled to arrive from the Pacific Island of Nauru next month, in an ongoing agreement with Australia.

The four refugees—three Iranian and one Rohingya, from Myanmar—will arrive as part of a widely criticized deal, under which Cambodia receives as much as $40 million in aid from Australia in exchange for accepting the asylum seekers.

The move comes amid even sharper criticism, now that Australia has agreed to take in some 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

When they arrive, the group will be just the second group of refugees that Cambodia has taken in under the deal. One man in the first group of refugees, which arrived in June, has already requested he be allowed to return to Myanmar, the country he fled as a Rohingya minority.

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