Australia has turned Nauru into a living hell for would-be immigrants

Vlad Sokhin managed to visit the tiny island nation of Nauru without paying the $6000 journalist visa fee, and he reported on the terrible conditions there.

Nauru was once very prosperous because it had lots of phosphate, which it sold as fertilizer. When that ran out, it tried making money as a tax-haven, a passport mill, and through other seedy ventures. Today it make money by detaining people who were caught trying to illegally enter Australia and other neighboring countries. The conditions of the housing (for the would-be immigrants and many residents) are appalling.