Australia resettles Afghan helpers
Published 01/06/2014 | 06:32
Australia has resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who jeopardised their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland.
The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas.
Most were resettled in Australia since late last year, the government said in a statement.
The government had been reluctant to comment on the refugee programme until today because of risks to those who applied for resettlement before a September 2013 deadline, the statement said.
Australia has ended combat operations in Afghanistan and withdrew about 1,000 troops last year, but still has about 400 troops there in advisory and training roles.