ASYLUM-SEEKERS detained on Nauru will be resettled in the US - and Cuban refugees held at Guantanamo Bay brought to Australia - under a "refugee exchange" program unveiled by the Howard Government.
Under the new scheme, Australia and the US will each resettle up to 200 refugees processed in the other country every year, bolstering Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews's vow that unauthorised boat arrivals would not make it to the Australian mainland.
The move will deliver political benefits to both governments in the highly sensitive issue of refugee policy.
Mr Andrews said the arrangement with the US would "ensure the integrity of the international system of protection and the integrity of Australia's borders is maintained by providing protection for those who need it".
"Under this arrangement, the US will consider people who arrive in excised offshore places and have been taken to Nauru for further processing," he said.
"In turn, Australia will consider for resettlement asylum-seekers intercepted by the United States."
That is some kind of fucked up logic going on there, wouldn't you say?