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After the boats have stopped: Refugees stranded in Indonesia and Australia’s containment policies

Interception

Australia funds the Indonesian police and immigration officials to intercept refugees who may be seeking to enter Australia by boat. This includes funding for surveillance equipment, vehicles, police stations, patrol boats and the cost of fuel. Australia also provides training to Indonesian officials on how to intercept refugees and other irregular migrants, including through the Australian funded Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. To assist Indonesian police, Australian security agencies provide tip-offs to about potential boat departures, and Australian police join Indonesian police on operations to intercept refugees and other undocumented migrants. In a further attempt to deter refugees leaving Indonesia by boat, Australia has also delivered public information campaigns, including through IOM, to dissuade people from seeking asylum by boat.

Since the start of Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013 to August 2018, 1764 refugees and other undocumented migrants have been intercepted by Indonesian police with the support of Australian agencies.

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