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Australian PM Promises Refugee Freeze if Re-elected

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, trailing in opinion polls ahead of a May 18 election, on Sunday campaigned on the hot-button issue of immigration, promising to cut annual migrant numbers and freeze the country’s refugee intake. “Managing our population growth is very important to the quality of life that we have in our cities,” Morrison said from a Liberal party rally in Sydney on Sunday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says net overseas migration in the year to September 2018 was 240,100. The Labor opposition intends to increase the refugee intake to 27,000 by 2025.

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