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US ends ban on refugees from "high-risk" countries

by VTV430 January 2018 Last updated at 08:35 AM

VTV.vn - A US ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries has been lifted but anyone who seeks to enter the country will face new security measures, officials say.

They will undergo risk-based assessments before admission, says Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The Trump administration banned refugees from 10 Muslim-majority nations and North Korea in October.

For the last three years, more than 40% of refugees streaming into the US have come from these 11 nations. Although the barred nations have not been officially named, refugee groups say Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen have all seen the effects of the ban. When the Trump administration's ban went into effect in October, refugee rates were halved to 45,000 in the fiscal year 2018 and only 23 people from those 11 nations have entered the US since October.

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