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Asylum-seekers to live in tents in Nauru: Australia

Published on Sep 11, 2012 1:07 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Asylum-seekers sent to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru will be forced initially to live in tents, Australia's Immigration Minister Chris Bowen confirmed on Tuesday.

Canberra last month announced it would transfer asylum-seekers who arrived by boat to Nauru and Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Manus Island as a way of deterring refugees from paying people-smugglers to transport them to Australia.

The government hopes to send the first batch to Nauru this week and is frantically working to improve facilities on the remote island.

Until permanent accommodation is ready, the boatpeople will live under canvas, reportedly five to a tent and for up to six months.

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