Asylum seekers sent to Nauru

A THIRD group of asylum seekers has been transferred to Nauru, with the government hoping it will stop of the steady flow of people smuggling boats bound for Australia.

No women or children were part of the 30-person transfer, which comprised 24 Sri Lankan and six Iraqi men, all of whom were single.

A charter aircraft carrying the asylum seekers left Christmas Island at 7pm on Thursday before touching down just before 5am on Friday.

Australian Federal Police officers, Immigration Department staff, interpreters and medical staff accompanied the asylum seekers.

The men will be housed in makeshift tents while their claims for asylum are processed.

"The completion of this transfer reaffirms the Federal Government's strong message of deterrence for anyone considering risking their lives on dangerous people smuggling boats," the department said in statement.

"There will be no advantage for boat arrivals."

More than 1400 asylum seekers have arrived in Australian waters in September alone, and more than 5000 since July.


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