Refugee Council of Australia
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Offshore processing statistics

Resettlement in the US and other countries

As of 31 October 2020, 870 people had been resettled to the US. On 19 October 2020, the Department of Home Affairs revealed that about another 260 people had been approved for resettlement at that time but were waiting for final checks (about 30 of these in Nauru, 20 in Papua New Guinea and 220 in Australia). It is now expected that the last resettlements under this agreement will be in March or April in 2020-21.  (see pages 19 of the linked transcript in Senate estimates).

This graph shows the total number of people resettled over the years, and the number resettled to the US. The US is by far the largest resettlement destination, with Canada the next largest. The total number of people resettled in Canada was 11 as of 31 March 2020, the last time the Department provided a break down of individual resettlement countries.

Offshore_resettlement_ However, not everyone can be resettled to the US. In October 2020, the government indicated a ‘broad number’ of around 80 people would be expected to remain on PNG and Nauru after the US resettlement deal, and took on notice the number who would be left in Australia. The government also indicated that the intention was those on Nauru would continue to stay there, with an agreement on Nauru to continue for any new arrivals, but that it intended to ‘exit’ PNG. Those in Australia would, under current policy, not be able to settle in Australia and their cases would be looked at individually (see pages 48-49 of the linked transcript).

As at 28 February 2019, it was reported that 265 people had been rejected by the US. RCOA understands that this number has increased since then but further data is not available.

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