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US resettlement

During Senate Estimates in October, the Department provided more detailed information on the process and outcomes of US resettlement. On 28 February 2019, it was reported that 493 people had now left for the US and 265 people had been rejected by the US. The graphs below are based on the more detailed breakdown in Senate estimates as of 22 October 2018.

Who has been resettled to the US?

The graphs below show the nationalities, family status and gender of those who have resettled to the US. The largest numbers of those resettled have been stateless, or from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most of those resettled so far have been single adults. However, the figures include 18 people who had come to Nauru as unaccompanied minors, and had since turned 18. Another graph shows the departures by date, showing waves of departures of around 20 people from both locations.

How is the US deal progressing?

Answers to last Senate estimates also gave us a more detailed view of the progress of the US resettlement deal. As at 22 October 2018, 449 people had either been through a screening or second-stage interview with the US, while 112 people had not yet been interviewed.  These graphs show the numbers and nationalities of those who have been interviewed, including those who have been transferred to Australia.

Who has been rejected?

As at 28 February 2019, it was reported that 265 people had been rejected by the US.

In the more detailed breakdown in Senate estimates on 22 October 2018, when 188 people had been rejected by the US, it was reported that most of these were on Nauru (151 people). Most of these were adults (78 of them single adult males), and almost half of these were from Iran (91 people). These graphs show the numbers, nationalities and family composition of this group of people, and the date of the rejections. Most of the rejections (107) were made on 15 May 2018.

Who has been accepted but not yet departed?

There are also statistics about the 60 people who had been accepted by the US, but had not yet departed by 22 October 2018. These graphs show this group by nationality, family status and gender, and the numbers preparing to depart by month.

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