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YAREN, Nauru (January 1, 2001 – Radio Australia)---More than 300 asylum seekers have been sent from Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean to Nauru in the latest Australian government-arranged transfer.

Chartered aircraft were used to fly the detainees to the Central Pacific in two stages.

A spokesman for Australia’s Department of Immigration said the first transfer occurred before Christmas.

The second flight on New Year’s Eve carried 180 people to Nauru, where that nation's Government has agreed to provide additional facilities for people awaiting processing of their temporary entry applications.

An Australian immigration spokesperson said there are no immediate plans for the remaining detainees on Christmas Island to be sent to the Pacific.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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