Release and removals from detention
Release from detention
A person can be released from detention through intervention by a Minister, under the law. However, the numbers of people who have been granted a visa and released from detention has dropped significantly over the last few years.
Removals and returns from detention in Australia
People in detention may 'request' to be removed to their country of origin. The Department calls these 'voluntary' removals. People in detention may also be involuntarily removed (also called 'forced returns' and, in common language, deported). However, the numbers of people who are removed in this way are relatively small.
This graph shows the number of voluntary and involuntary removals from detenntion in Australia.