23 Nov 2012

Nauru takes action to initiate review of refugee claims

6:37 pm on 23 November 2012

The Nauru government has told asylum seekers in the Australian run camp on the island that processing of their claims for refugee status will begin tomorrow.

This comes after strident criticism of the lack of action over the inmates' claims.

Nauru's Foreign Minister Dr Kieren Keke says the first step, which they are calling Transferee Interviews will begin tomorrow.

He says this is to allow each asylum seeker a chance to tell their story and why they are claiming asylum.

They won't be able to formally lodge their refugee claims until early next year, at which stage independent legal advisors will be on island to give assistance.

The Nauru government is also promising an appeals process for those dissatisfied with the outcome of their assessments.