Has Australia inked a deal with U.S to resettle refugees?

REFUGEES on Nauru and Manus Island could soon be settled in the United States.

The Australian newspaper today reported the Federal Government had come to an agreement with the U.S Government after months spent attempting to find a third country to settle refugees in.

The report said the Obama administration was possibly expected to announce the deal in coming days, just as the country adjusts to the election of anti-immigration President-Elect Donald Trump.

Australia's last deal to settle refugees in a third country collapsed earlier this year when the most of the refugees who were resettled decided to return to their home countries.

The deal with Cambodia cost $40 million, not including a further promise of $15.5 million worth of funding to resettle any refugees who took up the offer. 

Operation Sovereign Borders statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection show there were 872 people in the Manus Island processing centre and 390 people in the Nauru centre as of October 31. 

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