Transfers continue to Nauru

Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australian Govt.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today announced the successful transfer of 20 irregular maritime arrivals to Nauru, where they will be processed.

The group of mostly Pakistanis and Afghans, departed Christmas Island on March 26 on a charter aircraft, escorted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), DIAC staff, interpreters and medical staff. The group of single adult males arrived in Nauru at about 8am local time.

On arrival in Nauru, transferees were subject to relevant immigration, Customs and quarantine clearance processes. They will now be settled into their accommodation at the regional processing centre and go through induction processes.

Selection of this group was based on operational considerations and an assessment of each transferee’s particular circumstances to confirm their transfer was appropriate.

Transfers to regional processing centres will continue to occur regularly as part of the policy of regional processing of irregular maritime arrivals.

DIAC continues to implement the recommendations of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, whose central principle provides that people choosing to travel to Australia by boat should receive no advantage.

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