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US Accepts More Refugees from Australian
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:37:53 AM »

A second group of refugees to be resettled in the United States from Australia's offshore immigration centers has left Papua New Guinea. Washington has agreed to take up to 1,250 migrants held in Australian-run processing camps in the South Pacific. In return, Canberra will accept a small number of Central American refugees.

On Tuesday, 58 refugees flew out of Papua New Guinea (PNG), most having been held at the Australian-run detention camp on Manus Island for more than four years. The migrants, mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, had been told they would never be allowed to settle in Australia ó part of Canberra's long-running policy to combat human trafficking.

Last year, 54 refugees from Australia's two offshore immigration facilities, on Manus Island and the tiny Pacific republic of Nauru, were resettled in the U.S. Another group of 130 refugees on Nauru is expected to leave the island for the U.S. in the coming weeks.

The resettlement deal was brokered between Australia and the Obama administration in 2016, and although derided as "dumb" by U.S. President Donald Trump, it has seen several hundred refugees fly to the United States.In return, Australia will offer a home to a small number of Central American migrants from U.S.-run camps in Costa Rica. So far, about 30 people have reportedly moved to Australia.

Canberra recently rejected an offer made by New Zealand to take 150 of the men being held in Papua New Guinea.

About 2,000 refugees and asylum-seekers remain in Australia's offshore system, including several hundred men who are living in community housing on Manus Island after the Australian camp was officially closed last October.


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