Refugees at Nauru released into community

Refugees at Nauru released into community

Refugees claiming asylum in Australia at Nauru’s immigration detention centre have been released into the Nauruan community for the first time.

The thirteen refugees granted visas through refugee protection include an Iranian family and four single adult males.

The refugees have been given a five year visa on the pacific island with the option of settling in Cambodia if a resettlement deal between Australia and Cambodia is signed as expected.

Seven other asylum seekers have received negative refugee assessments including four people in two families and remain in detention for now.

It comes nearly 2 years after the Australian government first began sending asylum seekers to Nauru.

Right now there are over 1,100 asylum seekers at the immigration centre as Nauru consider a further 21 refugee’s release into the community.

The Nauruan government says people being released are on a buddy system as they transition into the community and seek employment.

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