Sunday, November 13, 2016

U.S., Australia reach deal to relocate some refugees in offshore camps

Australia and the United States have reached a "one-off" deal to resettle some of the hundreds of asylum-seekers being held at controversial immigration camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea to the United States.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement in Sydney; Kerry confirmed it at a separate press conference in New Zealand.

The Australian government came under increased pressure to resolve the immigration standoff after confining would-be asylum-seekers from Indonesia to camps in Naura and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The undocumented immigrants were attempting to reach Australia by boat from Indonesia and were intercepted by the Australian Navy. They were then taken to the camps, where they have remained while a political solution was sought.

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