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US ends ban on refugees from 11 'high-risk' countries

But Department of Homeland Security officials say they are working to implement new screening measures.

Protesters demonstrate at Portland International Airport, one year after President Donald Trump implemented the 'Muslim ban'.
Protesters demonstrate at Portland International Airport, one year after President Donald Trump implemented the 'Muslim ban'.
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THE US WILL resume normal processing of refugees from 11 countries that had previously only been admitted on a “case-by-case” basis.

But Department of Homeland Security officials say they are working to implement new screening measures for applicants from those high-risk countries following a 90-day review.

Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said during a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center yesterday that the changes were aimed at better protecting the country against terrorism, crime and fraud.

President Donald Trump has worked to restrict the number of refugees allowed into the country, including signing a four-month ban on refugees last year.

The administration won’t publicly confirm the 11 countries, but Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen have all seen the effects of the ban, according to the BBC.

Officials say they intend to review the list and update it six months from now.

- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha

Read: Trump says he will end the green card lottery in response to the New York City attack

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