Government continues transfers to Nauru in 2013

Government continues transfers to Nauru in 2013

A group of 32 men was transferred to the Nauru regional processing facility today.

The single adult males departed Christmas Island on a charter aircraft, escorted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), DIAC staff, interpreters and medical staff. The group, comprised 25 Iranian   , five Iraqi and two Sri Lankan men.

The completion of this transfer reaffirms the strong message of deterrence for anyone considering risking their lives on dangerous people smuggling boats. There will be no advantage for boat arrivals.

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 temporary facility and go through induction processes.

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

Transfers 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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