'Australia’s loss is America’s gain': the Nauru and Manus refugees starting anew in the US

So how are these newcomers faring? Ahead of my recent talk at the University of New South Wales’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, I met Sri Lankan parents of three children – including a baby born under difficult circumstances in the Pacific Island nation of Nauru – who are now living on the US west coast, happy that their children will receive an education, have a good future and experience freedom. The father, however, fears the earnings from his job at an Indian restaurant will not be sufficient to pay the rent for a two-bedroom apartment and other bills.