12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq given visas by Australia

Around 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq are almost to be settled in Australia, as informed by official sources.

All the 12,000 refugees have been awarded visas and in fact, more than 10,000 of them have already been brought to Australia from the refugee camps in the Middle East, said Peter Dutton the Immigration and Border Protection Minister. Remaining refugees will be brought to Australia in a few months, added the Minister.

These refugees are apart from the 13,750 refugees that are annually accepted by Australia. It had been announced by the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2015 September that 12,000 refugees would be accommodated in Australia as quickly as possible. However, he was replaced by Malcolm Turnbull, the current Prime Minister in less than seven days.

Co-ordinator General for refugee resettlement in New South Wales Peter Shergold had said that cautious screening of refugees could keep on hold the resettlement of refugees for several weeks.

In September 2016, the then US President Barack Obama had been appraised by the Australian PM Turnbull that the nation which had a current population of 24 million people would increase its annual refugee intake to 18,000 by mid-2018 from the then 5000 refugees.

It had also been accepted by Australia to accommodate Salvadorans and Hondurans in unspecified numbers from the US refugee camps in Costa Rica.

In that discussion, it had also been accepted by Obama to accommodate 1, 250 refugees that were rejected by Australia as they had attempted to arrive at the nation by boat.

Nauru and Papua New Guinea are paid by Australia to maintain more than 2,000 refugees in camps at islands to prevent boat arrivals.

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