Nauru Hopes To Handle Asylum Seeker Appeals

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Funding needed to provide service under Nauru law

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Oct. 8, 2012) – Nauru is amending its legislation to handle appeals from asylum seekers sent by Australia.

The Nauru government is in the process of amending its legislation to enable refugee determinations and appeals.

President Sprent Dabwido told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program that the aim is to provide all services on Nauru.

However, he added that funding is still being discussed, and extra support may be needed if large number of appeals are lodged.

"We do have some arrangement where if appeals continue to be coming, then we might be looking towards Australia to fund some of those because we don't want to put too much pressure on our own resources here," he said.

Mr Dabwido said it was hoped the move would discourage asylum seekers from seeking to enter Australia illegally.

"If you come here then you are under Nauru law," he said.

"To me, doing everything on the island here may be a deterrent . . . people won't have access to go to Australia to appeal their cases."

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