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Nauru migrants: Australia evacuates 11 children off detention island

October 22, 2018 4:13 pm

Some 11 children have been transferred to Australia from the Nauru migrant centre to receive medical treatment.

The move comes amid reports of a mental health crisis on the island, which has long been plagued by allegations of human rights abuses.

The tiny Pacific island nation is the site of Australia’s controversial offshore processing centre.

Australia has been criticised for holding child migrants who have mental heath issues on Nauru.

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The children join more than 600 people in Australia on “temporary transfers” from offshore detention, reports say.

It is thought to be one of the largest groups to be transferred since offshore detentions began in 2013.