Written by Staff Writer
17 Nov, 2015 | 9:00 am
Five Syrians have become the first of 12,000 refugees to arrive in Australia under a one-off plan to resettle people fleeing the country’s conflict.
The couple with three children arrived in Perth on Monday night after their resettlement was fast-tracked due to a medical condition.
Australia agreed in September to take in an extra 12,000 refugees amid public pressure over Europe’s migrant crisis.
The first Syrian refugees had not expected to arrive until December.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said all those being given refugee status in Australia had been “handpicked” by authorities and faced a rigorous screening process.
She was responding to questions about unconfirmed reports one of the men involved in the Paris attacks on Friday had posed as a Syrian refugee to enter Europe.
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