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According to the latest statistics from the Department of Immigration, there are 484 people (including 54 children) detained in Nauru (http://www.border.gov.au/Repo
A further 839 people are living in the Nauruan community after having been found to be refugees and released from detention (http://newsroom.border.gov.au
This includes a number of children.
Some children may also have left Nauru if their parents elected to voluntarily return to their countries of origin.
I am not aware of any children having been resettled in third countries from Nauru.
The Department of Immigration may be able to confirm this for you.
I hope this information is helpful.
Specialist Adviser – Immigration
Australian Human Rights Commission
Level 3, 175 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
I read this quote below which was attributed to you
"I have said to you before I want to get the number of children in detention down to zero."
Could you please confirm that this quote has been correctly attributed to you?
If yes, when did you say this, Minister?
If yes, by "detention" are you referring to all children in detention both on and offshore?
If yes, how many children have been released since this statement?
If yes, what concrete steps have been taken or will be taken in the future to ensure all children are released?
I would appreciate a reply as soon as possible because I feel very strongly that all asylum seekers and especially children deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. What the government is doing with regard to asylum seekers is wrong and I do not support it.
Thank you for your attention
Mylestom. NSW. 2454