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Voice of America: Australian Refugees Offered US Resettlement Deal
SYDNEY — Refugees held in controversial Australian-run camps in the South Pacific will be resettled in the United States. In Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it would be a “one-off” deal.
Under tough border security laws, asylum seekers intercepted trying to reach Australia by boat are sent to migrant centers at Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and the tiny republic of Nauru. They are forbidden from being resettled in Australia as part of strict policies aimed at deterring unauthorized boat arrivals that have been reduced to barely a trickle in recent years. Conditions in the centers have been repeatedly criticized as inhumane by campaigners.
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Update: U.S. to resettle Australia's refugees languishing on Pacific islands (CBS/AP)
WNU Editor: This is going to be used by the people smugglers to start another cycle of refugees and migrants fleeing Asia who are seeking a better life. Not surprising .... Australia is now immediately boosting their maritime patrols expecting the worse .... Border fleet bolstered amid fears US asylum deal will bring boats (The Australian). As for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claim that this is a “one-off” deal .... who is he really kidding?