First Syrian refugees arrive in Australia

    First Syrian refugees arrive in Australia

    Nov 17, Sydney: A family of five Syrian refugees have arrived in Australia and became the first of 12,000 refugees under a one-off plan to resettle people fleeing the country's conflict.

    The couple with three children from Homs in western Syria and had been living in a camp for several years arrived in Perth on Monday night after their resettlement was fast-tracked due to a medical condition. They have been treated with fairness and kindness, and expect that will continue.

    In September, Australia agreed to take in an extra 12,000 refugees amid public pressure over Europe's migrant crisis. The first Syrian refugees had not expected to arrive until December.

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that all those being given refugee status in Australia had been handpicked by authorities and faced a rigorous screening process.

    She was responding to questions about unconfirmed reports one of the men involved in the Paris attacks on Friday had posed as a Syrian refugee to enter Europe.

    The Oslo Times


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