200 Manus and Nauru refugees to be resettled in the US

6:39 pm on 15 December 2017

Nearly 200 refugees from Australia's detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island will be resettled in the United States.

The Guardian reports that about 130 people from Nauru and 60 from Manus Island will be resettled in the new year.

However, a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump will exclude certain nationalities, including Iranians and Somalis, from resettlement.

The largest cohort of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island is from Iran.

The group will be resettled under a deal signed between Australia and former president Barack Obama in 2016; 54 refugees have alread been resettled.