Nauru Files unlikely to change Australia's immigration policy

(AAP file)
(AAP file)

For years immigration to Australia has been fraught with controversy and hard-line politics.

But in recent days the country's detention centres have once again been thrust into the spotlight, with claims of widespread abuse at a detention centre in Nauru.

The Guardian released what have been dubbed "The Nauru Files", revealing thousands of reports of assaults, injuries and attacks between detainees.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the leaked data will be examined, but stresses they are reports, not facts.

And Immigration Minister Peter Dutton went as far as to say "some people do have the motivation to make a false complaint and we have had instances where people have self-harmed in an effort to get to Australia".

Recent data shows there are around 3500 people in Australia's offshore detention centres.

On Nauru, there are more than 400 people being held, and there are more than 800 on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

Despite calls for the Nauru's closure, it appears that's simply not going to happen, given both the Australian government and opposition want to keep it open.

Amnesty International says New Zealand can help by again offering to resettle more refugees - they're also calling on our Government to speak out.