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Offshore processing statistics

Offshore processing

What is offshore processing?

Since 13 August 2012, Australia has resumed sending people who came by boat to Australia seeking asylum to Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea under a policy of offshore processing. Since 19 July 2013, the Australian Government’s policy is that none of these people will ever be resettled in Australia, even if they are recognised as refugees.

Australia’s offshore processing regime

How many people have been offshore? How many are still there? Where have they ended up? This page consolidates a range of offshore processing statistics, from official and unofficial sources.

If you are looking for statistics on people who have been transferred to Australia for medical treatment (including the ‘Medevac refugees’), you can go directly to this page.

Data on numbers in PNG, Nauru and resettlement to third countries is from 28 February 2021, unless otherwise specified. Data on returns, removals and transfers are as at 28 February 2021.

Key figures

About the offshore processing statistics

This page collects data from a range of sources:

Sources and data

You can see the data and sources using the links under each chart, or you can click on the link below to view the full spreadsheet. You can also reuse the charts using Datawrapper River.

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