RPC update

Nauru is currently host to a number of asylum seekers and refugees who are living and working with the Nauruan community at large.

As of 10 January 2017, the total number of refugees living in the community and in community housing offered by the Nauruan people and the government are 757. These figures comprise 293 single men, 56 single women, and 408 individuals in 141 family units.

There are 206 asylum seekers and 27 family units residing at the regional processing centres and enjoy open centre policy which is free access in and out of the centres and community 24 hours a day.

As of September 2016, there was a total of 176 school aged children between four and 18 years; 137 refugee children and 39 asylum seeker children.

At the end of December 2016 48 students are attending the government secondary schools, ten at primary level, four in preschool, ten at infant level, 29 at the Catholic school at various grade levels, and 18 enrolled at the University of the South Pacific Nauru campus as of October 2016.

Twenty-one asylum seeker children are enrolled at the RPC school however actual attendance fluctuates on a daily basis.

A number of refugees have engaged in employment around the island either in the public or private sector.

As of November 2016 317 refugees work in the private sector and six are employed either with the government of state owned entities. Twenty-one have set up small businesses such as beauty salons, restaurants, small retail outlets, car wash service, construction and building services.

A community Christmas party was arranged in which the refugee and asylum seeker community took part in.

The Government of Nauru and its support groups continues to assist with the care and wellbeing of its asylum seeker and refugee friends.