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Offshore processing statistics

About these statistics

The Australian Government does not provide many statistics regularly on offshore processing. The statistics on how many people are on Nauru and PNG, their nationality, the number of transfers, and the number resettled to the US or other countries is not provided regularly. Most of the information in this page comes through information provided through Senate estimates. Usually, the information provided in this way is already outdated by the time it is provided (for example, for the round of Senate estimates in October 2018, most information was provided as of 22 October or 30 September 2018, although the answers were not available until late December). As well, it should be noted that there are limitations and gaps in the data as the information depends on the way the question was asked and the frequency with which it is asked.

The main information still provided regularly by the Department is the numbers removed or returned (‘voluntarily’ or involuntarily) from offshore processing countries through its monthly updates on Operation Sovereign Borders, which began in September 2013. The numbers living in the Regional Processing Centres was also published in these updates as well as more detailed breakdowns in the Department of Home Affairs’ monthly detention statistics.

For the sources, graphs and notes on the data, you can download the data underlying these graphs here.

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Do you have a question about our statistics, or would you like to know more information? Contact us at policy@refugeecouncil.org.au.

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