The International Observatory on Statelessness

Papua New Guinea

In late 2000, over 400 Papuans crossed into Papua New Guinea from Indonesia. The government declined to determine their status. The majority settled in a camp in Vanimo. By the end of 2001, about 300 remained. In addition to the Vanimo group, and the recognized refugees, as many as 5,000 more Papuan asylum seekers without status live in informal settlements. Children born in the camp (East Awin) could become stateless if birth registration is not improved.