UN expert welcomes US deal to resettle Australia’s refugees

The United States has agreed to resettle refugees among 1,300 asylum seekers held on Nauru and on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for up to four years.

By: AP | Canberra | Published:November 18, 2016 9:37 am

A United Nations expert on migrants’ rights says a US agreement to resettle an unspecified number of refugees would be a “great achievement” if it emptied Australia-run Pacific island camps where asylum seekers have been treated badly.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Francois Crepeau said Friday that the bilateral deal announced last weekend was a “good start” to finding a solution that should involve closing asylum-seeker camps on the island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

The United States has agreed to resettle refugees among 1,300 asylum seekers held on Nauru and on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for up to four years. It is not clear if the change of US administrations on January 20 will impact the agreement.