200 refugees rejected by Australia have now settled in US

2018-03-03 07:00
Photo: iStock.

Photo: iStock.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Canberra – Australia's prime minister says his government will not consider options for resettling refugees languishing on Pacific islands until the United States fulfills its promise to take up to 1 250 of them.

More than a year after US President Donald Trump reluctantly agreed to honour an Obama administration deal by resettling hundreds of refugees rejected by Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters on Friday that around 200 have so far found new homes in the United States.

Australia has a policy of not allowing any refugees who try to arrive by boat to settle in the country. It pays neighbouring Papua New Guinea and the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru to hold around 2 000 asylum seekers.

Turnbull has again rejected a longstanding New Zealand offer to accept 150 refugees.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    australia

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.