Unbelievable that it took this long. The Nauru camps had been open for 7 years and held more than a thousand refugees.
The last asylum seekers have left Australia’s detention camp on Nauru, putting an end to the controversial “Pacific Solution” immigration policy.
The group of 21 Sri Lankans boarded a plane for Australia after 10 months in the Nauru camp, leaving it empty.
The move fulfils a pledge by new PM Kevin Rudd to end the policy, under which people arriving by boat were sent to remote camps for refugee assessment.
The regional head of the UN refugee agency UNHCR welcomed the move.
“This is the end of a long and fairly painful chapter in Australian asylum policy and practice,” Richard Towle said.