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How many people seeking asylum by boat have been found to be refugees?

Despite the myth that people who come by boat are not ‘genuine’ refugees, in fact most of those who have come by boat have been found to be refugees. These tables set out those recognised as refugees after any claims were reviewed independently (the ‘final grant rate’). The following pages break down the numbers recognised by the refugee by the Australian Department of Immigration (now Home Affairs) (the ‘primary grant’ rate), and at the review stage.

The process of seeking asylum by boat has changed since 2015. The most current statistics refer to the process known as ‘fast tracking’ and are updated in the ‘Fast tracking statistics’ page.

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