US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries

Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 10:45 IST | Agencies

The United States has announced it is going to lift its ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past

Donald Trump. Pic/AFP
Donald Trump. Pic/AFP

The United States has announced it is going to lift its ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.

Applicants from 11 countries, unnamed but understood to include 10 Muslim-majority nations plus North Korea, will face tougher "risk-based" assessments to be accepted. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, "These additional security measures will make it harder for bad actors to exploit our refugee program." The 11 countries, hit with a ban in October in the Trump administration's revised refugee policy, have not been identified officially. But refugee groups say they comprise Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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