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Statistics on people in detention in Australia

Reasons for detention & nationalities

These graphs show the proportion of people in detention according to the reason for their detention. The first graph shows the numbers of people in detention in the past month because their visa was cancelled for character reasons (under s 501 of the Migration Act), because they were seeking asylum, and for other reasons.

The second graph shows the numbers of people in each detention facility by the reason they were detained.

This graph shows the nationalities of the people detained in the past month.

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Do you have a question about our statistics, or would you like to know more information? Contact us at policy@refugeecouncil.org.au.