28 Jun 2005

Last family from Nauru detention centre to be welcomed to Canberra today

7:19 pm on 28 June 2005

The last remaining family in immigration detention on Nauru will begin their new life in Canberra today.

The news agency AAP reports that nine members of the extended Rahmati family from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in the Australian capital where they will be met by eight other Afghani families who have settled in Canberra after also being detained on Nauru.

Also meeting the family will be refugee advocates and other friends and supporters.

Refugee advocate, Marion Le, who has been assisting the family, predicted it would be an emotional reunion for all who have been released from Nauru.

She says she expects them to be overwhelmed with excitement because most of the families that are in Canberra are going to go to the airport to meet them.

The Rahmati family will spend their first week in Canberra living in a motel, paid for by the federal government, before moving into a house in the northern suburb of Kaleen.

The four Rahmati men, who speak English, will immediately begin looking for work.

There will be no more families left in detention on Nauru from tomorrow but 34 others remain detained on the island.