Nauru Government Hails Its Refugee Policy

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

‘Can be an important part of combating people smuggling’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 25, 2016) – A Nauru cabinet minister David Adeang says his island can be an important part of the process of combatting people smuggling.

Nauru houses hundreds of Australia's asylum seekers and refugees on the island.

In an address to the Bali Process on People Trafficking in Bali, Mr Adeang said Nauru had developed a robust processing system for those seeking asylum and a vibrant refugee settlement programme.

He said his government believed its system was world class and he said it was especially pleased with the newly set up status review tribunal which had just begun to hear submissions.

Mr Adeang said the centres for the asylum seekers were open 24 hours a day - something that refugee activists say is not the case.

He also said hundreds of the refugees now living in the community were working, in many cases for the government, including in justice and border control.

Mr Adeang painted a picture of contented refugees, going to school, learning Nauruan and mingling happily.


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