US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have signed an agreement to relocate up to 11,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen to India in 2019.
According to the US State Department, the new agreement between the two countries “creates opportunities to welcome more refugees and migrants to our shores” as well as to provide them with more security.
The agreement includes a provision that the two governments would jointly vet refugees and allow them to remain in the United States, according to a White House press release.
The new agreement was announced during a visit by Trump to India by India’s president, as well a meeting between Modi and Trump at the US Embassy in New Delhi on December 3.
The United States and India signed the agreement in May 2018 under which India would receive $5.5 billion over 10 years to resettle refugees from Pakistan.
The two countries had a total of 1.2 million refugees and 2.1 million asylum seekers in the country during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, according the State Department.