October 30, 2013
The Refugee Action Coalition says Australia has flown 68 asylum seekers from Nauru to Australia, taking the total transferred from the island to Australia in the past nine days to about 250.
The latest arrivals at the Curtin detention camp in Western Australia included 19 Sri Lankans and 49 of other nationalities.
The Coalition says all of these asylum seekers had finalised their refugee interviews on Nauru – but none has been given a decision, despite the process being completed in some cases eight months ago.
It says the group has been told that regardless of any refugee interviews on Nauru, determinations of their status will be restarted in Australia.
The Coalition’s Ian Rintoul says it would be hard to find a more graphic example of administrative abuse, given that the asylum seekers had kept on Nauru for over a year with Australia insisting the Nauru government was making the refugee determinations.
Meanwhile, the newspaper, The Australian, says just one refugee ruling has been made on Nauru – that of a minor, who has since been moved to Australia.
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