First refugees resettled in Nauru, PNG, says Australia

This file photo shows Australia’s regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, pictured on February 18, 2014

More than 20 asylum-seekers have become the first refugees to be resettled on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea as part of Australia’s tough boat-people policies, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday.

Thirteen asylum-seekers, nine from Iran and four from Pakistan, spent their first night outside detention on the Pacific island of Nauru on Wednesday, while a further seven had their refugee applications rejected.

Another 11 — four Iranians, three Pakistanis, an Afghan, an Iraqi, and two men with nationalities yet to be established — were resettled on Manus Island where an outbreak of violence at the Australian detention centre earlier this year left one man dead and more than 70 injured.