Returns from Australia and offshore processing centres
The Department’s monthly updates (from January 2014) show that there has been a consistent, small number of people who ‘voluntarily’ leave the offshore processing centres. The graph also illustrates returns from detention in Australia (voluntary or forced).
The government provided a full breakdown was provided for all returns (‘voluntary) and removals (‘involuntary) from Nauru since September 2012 to May 2018, as well as from Manus Island over the same period. This is shown in the graph below.
Statistics provided by the Department of Home Affairs for 28 August 2019
Senate estimates questions (listed in the downloadable spreadsheet and under relevant graphs or linked to relevant text)