Australia will consider resettlement of Saudi teen

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, seen here in a picture on her Twitter account, is expected to stay in Thailand while waiting for resettlement.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, seen here in a picture on her Twitter account, is expected to stay in Thailand while waiting for resettlement.PHOTO: REUTERS

Canberra offers runaway hope following UN appeal after dramatic standoff in Thailand

An 18-year-old Saudi Arabian asylum-seeker whose tweets about resisting deportation from Thailand roused a social media storm this week has been deemed a refugee and will be assessed for possible resettlement by Australia.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who was stopped by officials as soon as she landed at Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport early on Sunday morning, holed herself up in an airport hotel room until she was allowed to enter the country on Monday evening for her asylum claim to be processed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2019, with the headline 'Australia will consider resettlement of Saudi teen'. Print Edition | Subscribe