Australia-U.S. ties: In the Feb. 23 Section A, an article about Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to the White House said that Australia sought to transfer about 1,250 “economic refugees” to the United States. In a phone call with President Trump last year, Turnbull repeatedly described the group in those terms, but U.S. law does not recognize economic refugees. Under U.S. law, refugees must show that they have been persecuted, or have reason to fear persecution, on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
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