Revealed: No 10 explores sending asylum seekers to Moldova, Morocco and Papua New Guinea

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Documents seen by Guardian suggest Foreign Office officials are pushing back at proposals for processing claims in detention facilities overseas

Downing Street has asked officials to consider the option of sending asylum seekers to Moldova, Morocco or Papua New Guinea and is the driving force behind proposals to hold refugees in offshore detention centres, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

The documents suggest officials in the Foreign Office have been pushing back against No 10’s proposals to process asylum applications in detention facilities overseas, which have also included the suggestion the centres could be constructed on the south Atlantic islands of Ascension and St Helena.

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