Nauru–Australia talks result in temporary resettlement of refugees
Nauru-Australia talks result in
temporary resettlement of refugees
The Government has thanked Australia for its strong support
following talks in Canberra to oversee the processing and
resettlement of refugees at the Nauru Offshore Processing
Minister for Justice David Adeang said substantial ground was
made and the two countries would work together more closely to
ensure that asylum seekers in Nauru were processed as quickly as
"Those who are given refugee status will be temporarily
resettled in Nauru and will be free to live as part of our
community," he explained.
Agreement was reached to process a minimum of 60 asylum seeker
claims within the next month, with ongoing processing every
Mr Adeang said while the Australian Government will assist in
the relocation process, it was up to the Nauruan community to
provide the welcome.
"We are a friendly people and I know all Nauruans will welcome
them as our guests and friends, and help them integrate as quickly
Refugees will live in Nauru before being permanently settled in
a third-part country. Australia is currently in discussions with
Cambodia regarding this, and has committed to include Nauru in
The minister believes the resettlement will boost the local
"These new refugees will support local businesses and become a
part of the community."
The two ministers also discussed other aspects of the Offshore
Processing Centre and confirmed that a range of health services
were available to transferees and that essential items for the care
and welfare of infants have been procured and delivered.
"We want to ensure that we deal with all people in a spirit of
compassion, while delivering the best outcomes for Nauru.
"The increased temporary resettlement of refugees will be good
for Nauru and the Government will continue to work with Australia
to ensure Nauru's interests are always promoted, Mr Adeang
[Please see attached Joint-statement of the Australia and
Republic of Nauru Forum to oversee implementation of regional
partnership between Australian and Nauru.]