Delay in processing asylum seekers will cause trauma: UNHCR | Asia Pacific

Delay in processing asylum seekers will cause trauma: UNHCR

Delay in processing asylum seekers will cause trauma: UNHCR

Updated 8 November 2012, 22:04 AEST

The Australian Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the longer it takes to process asylum seekers on Nauru, the more trauma it will cause them.

Authorities are yet to start processing any of the refugee claims of the almost 7000 people who have arrived in Australia by boat, since the government re-started offshore processing, including 370 living in temporary facilites on Nauru.

Canberra had hoped resuming offshore processing would go some way to stopping people trying to reach Australia by boat.

Correspondent: Stephanie March

Speaker: Richard Towle, Australia's UNHCR representative

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