Queensland to take in 3500 Syrian refugees

QUEENSLAND will take 3500 Syrian refugees - nearly a third of the additional quota Australia will accept.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced in Queensland parliament on Tuesday the state would accept nearly one-third of Australia's extra Syrian refugee intake.

"I always said we would take our fair share. But this offer, Mr Speaker, exceeds that.  Typically, Queensland would settle about 13 per cent of Australian humanitarian entrants," she said.

"By offering to take up to 3500 Syrian refugees, Queensland is willing to accept 29% of the refugees in this one-off intake. 

That's on top of our share of refugees from other countries."

Ms Palaszczuk did not reveal where the refugees would be settled.

- APN NEWSDESK


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