People gather in a park before marching in an event organised by Doctors for Refugees to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on November 5, 2016. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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Refugees held on remote Pacific camps after trying to reach Australia by boat will be resettled in the U.S. in a "one-off" deal, the premier says, a breakthrough that could see the controversial facilities closed.Canberra sends asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat to detention facilities on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru. They are blocked from resettling in Australia even if found to be refugees.Turnbull said officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be arriving in Australia "in the next few days".But he could not say how many refugees would be offered U.S. resettlement and if the agreement would continue under the incoming Donald Trump administration.Refugees who are offered the U.S. move but reject it would be offered a 20-year Nauru visa, while any future boat arrivals will not be eligible for the deal.Some 675 asylum-seekers on Manus and 941 on Nauru out of more than 2,000 applications have been successful in obtaining initial or final refugee status, the immigration department said earlier this month.
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