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First asylum seeker families arrive on Nauru

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The first group of asylum seeker families to Nauru arrived this morning (21 August) aboard a chartered flight of Nauru's national carrierOur Airline, from Christmas Island.

The 26 new arrivals are of Iranian nationality and consist of seven families - seven adult males, seven adult females and 12 children under the age of 18.

Like previous arrivals the group completed brief immigration formalities before boarding mini-buses to take them to the third Regional Processing Centre site at Topside, separated from the single male groups.

The transfer from aircraft to Topside was without incident.

A separate group of 30 male asylum seekers who had been residing at the RPC departed on the outbound flight a few hours later to the Curtin Detention Centre in Australia.

The transfers bring the total number of asylum seekers on island to 474.

Sixty-six asylum seekers of mixed nationalities have opted to return to their home countries since the first arrivals 11 months ago.