5 May 2016

Nauru acknowledges refugee distress

5:12 pm on 5 May 2016
Nauru's Justice Minister David Adeang

Nauru's Justice Minister David Adeang Photo: Supplied

A leading government minister in Nauru says he understands that it is distressing for refugees that they have few long-term solutions offered to them.

For three years, hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees have been in Nauru where Australia sent them to process their asylum applications, some of which are yet to be done

One refugee killed himself last week and the minister, David Adeang, said the government and people of Nauru were saddened by the tragic incident.

In an address to the refugees Mr Adeang said the government had a number of schemes to help them.

"I want to assure you that future long term and permanent settlement options are actively being considered and planned for you. But while you are here, we urge you to use your time on Nauru constructively and peacefully."

Mr Adeang made the statement after the president, Baron Waqa, accused advocates of inciting refugees to become full-time protestors.

Access to Nauru is heavily restricted, with media representatives required to pay $US 5,000 as a non-refundable visa application fee.

New Zealand as well as Australian citizens also need a local sponsor, who risks jail if visa conditions are breached.

One foreign journalist, from the Australian, has been admitted since Nauru hiked the visa fee forty-fold two years ago. It is not known if that journalist was charged the visa application fee.

Protesters gather on Nauru to protest resettlement in Cambodia

Protesters gather on Nauru to protest resettlement in Cambodia Photo: Supplied