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US considers taking Australian refugees

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/11/2016

The United States has agreed to consider referrals from the UNHCR on refugees who are being detained in Australia's offshore detention centres, Secretary of State John Kerry has confirmed.

Mr Kerry told a press conference in Wellington the US was encouraging all countries to work with the UN to find a "durable solution" for the refugees.

"We in the United States have agreed to consider referrals from UNHCR on refugees now residing in Nauru and in Papua New Guinea," he said.

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