Refugees leave Nauru, Manus for a life in US

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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.

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