Manus and Nauru refugee resettlement

The Australian government is under increasing pressure to resettle refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, with Minister Peter Dutton speaking to Insiders about his future plans.

Department of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has stated that he is determined to find new homes for the approximately 800 people left in Australian detention centres offshore. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the US has rejected around 300 refugees from Australia-US transfer deal, but 591 have already left for the US.

Originally, the Trump administration had said that 1250 people would be resettled in the US under the deal made between then leaders Malcolm Turnbull and Barack Obama, but Minister Dutton was sceptical that this number would be reached. This is expected to be a hot topic of debate when Parliament begins sitting again.

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