Nauru Wants Aid Deal After Camp Closure

Nauru wants aid deal after camp closure

Posted Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:45am AEDT

Nauru's Government says Australia's decision to close the processing camp for asylum seekers will hurt the island's economy, putting 100 people out of work.

Nauru is set to ask Australia to agree to a new aid deal to help soften the financial impact of centre's closure.

Nauru's finance minister Kieren Keke says the closure will cut economic activity on the island by 20 per cent.

“Each individual is able to support a number of families in their extended families, so the loss of a 100 jobs will probably impact on 1,000 people in Nauru,” he said.

“In a population of 10,000, that's a significant impact.”