14 Sep 2012

First asylum seekers arrive in Nauru

3:38 pm on 14 September 2012

The first group of asylum seekers have arrived on Nauru to be accommodated in Australia's reopened offshore processing centre on the island.

A group of 30 asylum seekers, who had been trying to reach Australia but have been detained until now on Christmas Island, arrived by plane on Nauru this morning.

The group, understood to all be Sri Lankan men, have been taken to the tent facilities which will be their temporary accomodation until the processing centre is properly rebuilt.

They are also receiving orientation instructions from Nauru and Australian officials.

The Australian multi national Transfield is operating the camp.