Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says refugees on Manus Island who are not accepted by the United States will remain in Papua New Guinea.
Australia has a deal with the US to take refugees from Australia's offshore facilities but there is no guarantee how many it will accept.
Mr Dutton said the former Labor government struck a deal for PNG to resettle people and he expected the country to fulfil the commitment.
"We'll work with the PNG Government but some people will remain in PNG," he told Sky News.
"We've been very clear with the PNG Government: that's the nature of the agreement struck between Prime Ministers [Peter] O’Neill and [Kevin] Rudd.
"PNG itself is a signatory to the [refugee] convention and to the protocols, PNG has the responsibility to settle those people.
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