US lifts refugee ban on 11 ‘risky’ na­tions

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - World - REUTERS

WASH­ING­TON:The US will re­sume ad­mis­sions for refugees from 11 coun­tries iden­ti­fied as pre­sent­ing a high se­cu­rity risk, but with ex­tra vet­ting for th­ese mostly Mid­dle East­ern and African na­tions, se­nior US of­fi­cials said.

The changes came af­ter a 90-day re­view of refugee ad­mis­sions from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan, Su­dan, Syria and Ye­men by the state depart­ment, depart­ment of homeland se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies. The new rules are the lat­est changes to the US refugee pro­gram made by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to ad­dress what it sees as na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues.

Some of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ac­tions, in­clud­ing an ex­ec­u­tive or­der to tem­po­rar­ily ban all refugees, have sparked lengthy court bat­tles.

Refugee ad­vo­cates have said they see the ac­tions as in­tended to re­duce the num­ber of refugees, par­tic­u­larly those from Mus­lim coun­tries.

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