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‘Offshore processing’ refers to Australia’s unique practice of sending people seeking asylum by boat to Nauru or Manus Island where they are detained while their refugee claims are determined. Australia first did this between 2001-2008, and started again in 2012. However, on 19 July 2013, there was a very significant change to the policy – even if people were found to be refugees, they would never be resettled in Australia.

Offshore processing is a cruel and inhumane practice that causes enormous suffering to highly vulnerable people.

Latest on offshore processing

Nauru: The facts

This factsheet on Nauru summarises key issues for refugees on Nauru, including mental health, the effect on children, inadequate healthcare, and family separation.
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How The US Resettles Refugees

How the US resettles refugees

People on Nauru and Manus Island are starting to be resettled in the US. How does their resettlement program work? What support do they get, and can they reunite with families?
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Refugees On PNG Face Unchecked Violence: Human Rights Watch Report

Refugees on PNG face unchecked violence: Human Rights Watch report

Human Rights Watch has released a damning report on the dangers faced by those transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG) under Australia's policy of offshore processing. As Australia plans to close the centre there on 31 October 2017, Human Rights Watch documents why people are afraid to leave the centre and why settling them on PNG will not work.
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The Special Rapporteur On The Human Rights Of Migrants Reports On Australia

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants reports on Australia

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, visited Australia and the regional processing centres in Nauru from 1 to 18 November 2016. Consultations were held with officials of the Government of Australia, migrants, civil society organisations and international organisations. His highly critical report was made public in June 2017.
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