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Nauru: Why Australia is funding an empty detention centre

Australia's controversial detention centre on Nauru is empty, after the last remaining refugee was evacuated into the night last week.

It pauses over a decade of Australia’s processing of asylum seekers on the tiny Pacific nation, with 4,183 people held there since 2012.

  • Hannah Ritchie
  • BBC

Described as a place of “indefinite despair” and “sustained abuse” by visitors from Médecins Sans Frontières and Human Rights Watch, the Nauru centre is a thorn in the side of Australia’s human rights record.

Yet offshore processing – which involves detaining people in the Pacific while they await resettlement in a third country – remains one of Australia’s most…

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