Kimai Naniy, 64, a former teacher, linguist and Bible translator. 'We have an integrated culture... I would be glad if the asylum seekers stay here, if they marry here'.
The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, along with another detention centre on the island of Nauru, was established in the early 2000s as part of Australia's 'Pacific Solution' to its asylum issue. Instead of housing and processing asylum seekers on the Australian mainland, the Australian immigration authorities built the two facilities and continues to operate them through private security companies. They have been marred by controversy with human rights organisations raising concerns about the living conditions of asylum seekers and cases of physical and sexual abuse as well as a number of death occurring over the years.