Refugee Council of Australia
Tents in Manus Island regional processing centre

Offshore processing statistics

Resettlement in the US and other countries

As of 31 July 2020, 803 people had been resettled to the US. On 1 March 2020, the Department of Home Affairs revealed that over 260 people had been approved for resettlement at that time but were waiting for final checks (about 35 of these in Nauru, 50 in Papua New Guinea and 175 in Australia). The US is intending to finish the process of interviewing people for approval by mid-2020 (see pages 172-173 of the linked transcript in Senate estimates).

This graph shows the total numbers resettled over the years, and the number resettled to the US. The US is by far the largest resettlement destination, with Canada being the next largest with 11 people.

Column chart showing resettlement to third countries

However, not everyone can be resettled to the US. 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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