A protester holds a placard during a rally in support of refugees in central Sydney, Australia, in this file picture taken on October 19, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray/Files
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The last asylum-seeker children in Australian mainland detention have been freed, the government said Sunday, although dozens of others are still being held on the remote Pacific island of Nauru.Under Canberra's harsh immigration policy, asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat are turned back or sent to Pacific camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea where they are held indefinitely while their refugee applications are processed. They are blocked from resettling in Australia even if found to be refugees. Detention levels for asylum-seeker children in immigration centers have fallen from a record number of almost 2,000 in June 2013 .Another 50 children were still being held at the Nauru camp, according to the latest figures from Australia's immigration department, although the Pacific government said in October the asylum-seekers there are free to roam around the tiny nation.The asylum-seekers, including children, had been brought to Australia from Nauru for medical treatment.
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