Refugees on controversial islands to the US

World December 15, 2017 07:12

sydney - The United States has given the green light for the arrival of a group of about 200 migrants who were detained on the islands of Manus and Nauru in Papua New Guinea. The movement is part of a previously made agreement with Australia, which has established detention centers on the islands.

It would involve 130 people on Nauru and 60 people on Manus. They are expected to fly to the US in January, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. It is the largest group of refugees that has been transferred so far, after 54 people were able to leave in September. According to one involved refugee organization, one-third of the Rohingya group is the Muslim minority in Myanmar.

Australia started setting up detention centers outside of its own territory in 2001. That was to discourage asylum seekers to take the boat in boats. The refugee camps are controversial and are being evacuated.

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