New Zealand and Australian officials have begun talks about screening processes for asylum seekers who have shut themselves inside a Papua New Guinea detention centre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
Australia has been refusing New Zealand's offer to take up to 150 of the detainees from the Australian-run camp on Manus Island, but Ms Ardern's comments have raised speculation Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is ready to accept the offer.
The centre was closed almost three weeks ago after PNG's High Court ruled it was illegal, but more than 400 detainees have refused to leave, citing concerns for their security if they were moved to transit centres, as planned.
Mr Turnbull has been refusing New Zealand's offer to take some of the men, because he is worried that asylum seekers would view it as a "back door" to Australia, undermining the country's tough immigration policies.
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