Among first to be accepted under Australia-US deal are 25 detainees from Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma

The first refugees to be resettled in the US from Australia’s offshore detention islands could fly to America as soon as next week.

Twenty-five refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma – currently held in the Australian-run regime on Manus Island – were among the first told they had been accepted for permanent resettlement in the US. Most have been held on Manus for more than four years.

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