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Offshore processing statistics

Resettlement in the United States and other countries

Resettlement from offshore processing

When the Australian Government changed its policy so that those sent offshore would never be allowed to settle in Australia, it expected that the people it sent offshore would be resettled eventually in another country (called ‘third country resettlement’). It did not, however, have any agreements with other countries at the time to resettle these people.

Since then, Australia has agreed to resettle people sent offshore to:

The first six refugees to be resettled from Nauru on 22 November 2022. Another four arrived on 20 January 2022. Progress in 2022 was slow, with numbers increasing to 103 in 2023 (see graph below).

As well, people transferred offshore have also arranged to be resettled in other countries without the assistance of the Australian Government, including under Canada’s sponsorship program.

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How many people have been resettled? Where have they been resettled to?

The next graph shows the total number of people resettled over the years, and the number resettled to third countries. The US is by far the largest resettlement destination.

How many people are still in the process of being resettled?

Under both the US and NZ resettlement deals, people can only be resettled if they have been recognised as refugees and meet the requirements of their own refugee resettlement programmes. The New Zealand arrangement also requires the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to refer people to them for resettlement, and excludes those who are engaged in other resettlement processes, including the US resettlement arrangement.

This graph shows the number of people engaged in US and NZ resettlement processes.

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