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Offshore processing statistics

Resettlement in the United States and other countries

As of 31 July 2021, 977 people have been resettled to the United States. As of 14 March 2021, another 265 had been provisionally approved for resettlement, according to Senate estimates.

The first graph shows the numbers of people resettled to the US by the place they were transferred from, as of 31 July 2021.

In October 2020, the Department of Home Affairs estimated that the last resettlements under this agreement would be in March or April in 2020-21. (see page 32 of the linked transcript in Senate estimates).

The second graph shows the number of people estimated to remain once the US resettlement process finishes, by place of residence. Previously, 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 ends.

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

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 second largest. The total number of people resettled in Canada was 11 as of 31 March 2020, the last time the Department provided a breakdown of individual resettlement countries.


The government also indicated that while Nauru would continue to host refugees sent there and accept any new arrivals, the Australian Government intended to ‘exit’ PNG. Those in Australia, under current policy, would not be able to settle in Australia (see page 74 of the linked transcript).

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