One-off deal to send refugees to US



  • Refugees who are now on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island will get the chance to resettle in the United States

  • One-time only offer

  • Includes about 370 refugees sent from offshore processing to Australia for medical treatment

  • Priority will be given to women, children and families

  • Does not extend to people found not to be refugees

  • Not available to any asylum seekers sent to Nauru or Manus Island in the future

  • US Homeland Security officials arriving in Australia within days to begin vetting refugees to decide which will be accepted

  • Arrangement supported by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  • People found not to be refugees or who turn down the deal can either return to home country or get a 20-year visa on Nauru - details yet to be finalised

  • More navy and border protection boats in place and increased surveillance north of Australia in anticipation of people smugglers using this announcement to send more boats

  • Nauru immigration processing centre will stay open indefinitely

  • Government will not say whether it's confident incoming US president Donald Trump - who has said he wants to ban Muslim immigration - will honour the deal