U.S accepts Rohingya refugees from Indonesia

A Rohingya refugee woman with her child walks at Kutupalang makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Feb 12, 2017. - Reuters
A Rohingya refugee woman with her child walks at Kutupalang makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Feb 12, 2017. – Reuters

JAKARTA: Rohingya Muslim refugees, who are currently staying in Indonesia, will likely head to the U.S. soon despite the tough immigration policy by President Donald Trump.

American representatives in Medan and Makassar have begun to resettle Rohingya Muslim refugees, giving light to the country’s recently eclipsed image as the world’s beacon of democracy, freedom and tolerance.

The refugees from Myanmar whose boats washed ashore in Aceh two years ago, have passed interviews conducted by the US Consulate in Medan, North Sumatra, with the assistance of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Juha P. Salin, US Consul for Medan confirmed the transfer of Rohingya refugees to America, adding that the process would be conducted gradually.

“These cases are being processed continually and those who have the approved travel documents can travel to the US,” said Salin.

He refused, however, to confirm the number of Rohingya refugees who had been permitted to resettle in the US.

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SOURCE: News Now/The Star Online

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