10 Sep 2012

Christmas Islands' asylum seekers await Australian decision on relocation to Nauru

3:07 pm on 10 September 2012

A refugee activist says asylum seekers on Christmas Island are waiting on the Australian government to announce who will be relocated to Nauru.

About 100 male asylum seekers on Christmas Island went on a hunger strike last month, in protest at the prospect of being sent to a new detention centre on Nauru for the processing of their claims for refugee status.

The spokesperson for the Sydney-based Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul, says the hunger strike only lasted a few days as the government assured the strikers they may not necessarily be sent to Nauru due to limited spaces at the detention centre.

Mr Rintoul says about 1900 asylum seekers have arrived in Australia since August the 13th and the government may only send 50 to 100 of those to Nauru.

He says the government is expected to announce soon who will be relocated.

The temporary detention camp on Nauru, using tents for accommodation, is expected to be available for use from this Friday.