This article is not part of the Manus Island saga but has been shared by others, and was shared by one of the asylum seekers, Mr Nana.
Mr Nana told Fairfax Media the asylum seeker, who asked not to be named, said he was surprised by the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.
“I thought it was a very low number,” he said.
“The asylum seekers are not here.
The asylum seekers come here to get away from war, to escape persecution.”
Mr Nane said he and his wife, who was pregnant, had been looking for a place to live in Australia for months.
He said the asylum claim was a surprise.
“What a shock, we had been hoping to find somewhere to live, that we would be able to settle in Australia,” he told Fairfax.
“Now we are just not going to find a place, we are going to stay here and we will stay here for now.”
The man said he did not expect the claim to be settled.
“We don’t know what the Government will do with it.
It’s a surprise,” he added.
Mr Ng said the man had not received any assurances that he would be granted asylum.
He told ABC Radio’s The Week that he believed the asylum-seeker had been in Australia on a work visa, which is valid for a maximum of five years.
“He’s on the wrong side of the border, in Australia, and I don’t think it’s fair for him to be stuck here for that long,” he explained.
“If he’s going to come to Australia and claim asylum, then he has to come and prove he’s a refugee, and that he’s safe.”
It’s the same principle as a refugee.