Australia Says Last Child Refugees to Leave Nauru Camp

Doctors 12 year old refugee on Nauru at risk of dying

Doctors 12 year old refugee on Nauru at risk of dying

But there has been growing domestic and global pressure on the government to move children held in the offshore island camps, following reports of serious health problems.

"We have got all the children Labor put in detention centres out, and we have shut down all the detention centres Labor opened, including on Christmas Island".

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Jana Favero told Johnny Blades that Australia's government fought very hard for those children not to be removed.

The government has announced that after more than five years the last four refugee children on the island are being moved to the United States for resettlement.

More than 1000 asylum seekers remain in the two centres and continue to face an uncertain fate.

They are the last of the more than 200 children who had been held at the island's processing centre when the coalition won government in 2013, marking a milestone for the Morrison government.

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There are another estimated 600 men in transition centres on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island after the camp there was closed in 2017, according to refugee advocates.

Australia has all but ended the people-smuggling traffic from Southeast Asian ports since it announced that any asylum-seekers who attempt reach Australian shores by boat from July 19, 2013, would never be allowed to settle in Australia.

Canberra bars the refugees from resettling in Australia and instead tries to send them to third countries like the US.

Greens leader Richard di Natale said it was long overdue for those children.

The announcement comes ahead of the first sitting of parliament this year in mid-February, where the conservative minority government was expected to come under pressure to move the children off Nauru. More than 100 refugees have since been relocated.

Labor and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten expressed satisfaction that the children were finally being resettled, commending progressive elements on all sides of politics for pushing for change.

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