Refugees resettlement

US takes more Manus, Nauru refugees

Twenty-four will leave Nauru after nearly seven years on the island to live in cities including Chicago and Philadelphia.

About 200 refugees remain on Nauru and 180 in PNG while 200 others, transferred to Australia for medical treatment, continue to be held in detention centres and hotels being used as alternative places of detention.

More than 750 refugees detained offshore by Australia since 2012 have been resettled by the US, despite Australia refusing to grant them asylum.



America to resettle Nauru and Manus refugees

Under Australia's tough border security laws, asylum seekers intercepted trying to reach the country by boat are sent for processing at detention camps (regional processing centres) on Manus island and the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru.

Some 1,300 people are currently held in the camps, many of whom have been held for more than three years.

About 900 men are in camp on Manus Island while about 400 people are in the camp on Nauru with roughly the same number living in the community.