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Rahaf al-Qunun has been given UN refugee status, Australian officials say

Jan 08, 2019 - CNN

The 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand to escape her family has been declared by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to be a refugee, Australian officials said Thursday.

Australia is conducting health, security and other background checks on Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun ahead of her possible resettlement in the country as a refugee, a spokesperson for the Australian Foreign Minister's Office confirmed to CNN.

The UNHCR referred her protection request to Australia on Wednesday.