Resettlement is politically fraught in both Australia and the US, whose refugee deals have previously been labelled ‘people swaps’

Seventeen refugees who were found clinging to a lighthouse off the Florida Keys after fleeing Cuba in a self-made raft, and then were sent to Guantánamo Bay for a year, have been resettled in Brisbane.

Under the United States’s “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which Barack Obama ended in January as part of improving relations between the two countries, Cuban asylum seekers were immediately allowed to stay and apply to become legal residents if they landed on American soil.

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