Refugees leave Nauru, Manus for a life in US
REFUGEES in limbo on Manus Island and Nauru will begin their journey to the US today as part of a controversial resettlement deal.
The first group of about 50 people accepted after “extreme vetting” by US officials are expected to leave the Pacific islands bound for the Papua New Guinean capital Port Moresby.
From there, they will travel to the US, where they will be resettled in the community.
The asylum seekers, who have been in detention for up to four years, are mainly from Iran and will be allowed into the US despite a temporary ban on refugee arrivals introduced by the Trump Administration.
At least three Sudanese men, as well as refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar were believed to be included.
Ian Rintoul, of the Refugee Action Coalition, said there was still a lot of uncertainty for more than 1000 other refugees.
“Even if the US deal is met in full, there are not enough places for all those who need protection,” he said.