First Australia refugees approved for US resettlement.

A group of refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres have become the first to be accepted by the US under a resettlement deal.

The Australian Government confirmed yesterday that About 50 people from the Papua New Guinea and Nauru centres will be taken to the US.

US agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees under a resettlement deal struck with the Obama administration in 2016.

President Donald Trump called the deal ‘dumb’ but said he would honour it.

Under a controversial policy, Australia refuses to take in anyone trying to reach its territories unofficially by boat. They are intercepted and detained in the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed the first group would depart from the centres in the coming weeks, and that others would learn of their fate in coming days.

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