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Statistics on people in detention in Australia

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Unless otherwise indicated, these statistics are for 31 August 2021. You can check for the latest statistics here.

The Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) publishes on its website monthly and yearly statistics about people it detains. Its monthly statistics include the number of people in detention facilities in Australia, offshore processing centres, and in the community (either under a ‘residence determination’, or with a ‘bridging visa’.)

You can find the data using the links under each graph. For graphs that do not display numbers, you can hover over the graph to display data. You can also find and reuse these charts using Datawrapper River.

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