First Batch Of Refugee’s Leave For US
September 27, 2017
Source: Post – Courier
Photo: Brian Cassey via The Daily Telegraph
The first group of asylum seekers from Australia’s offshore detention centreshave flown out of the country for a new life in the US.
25 men from Manus Island and Nauru facilities left Jackson’s airport on Tuesday (Sept 26) bound the US soil.
Another 27 are due to leave later this week.
The men had arrived in Australian waters by boat years ago and were transferred to the Manus and Nauru centres under a strict government policy not to allow these refugees to set foot on Australian soil.
The 25 men where recently cleared by US authorities for resettlement under a deal struck between the former Obama administration and the Turnbull government.
In total, up to 1250 asylum seekers are expected to be resettled in the US.