STATISTICS

Providing up-to-date statistics on asylum seekers in Australia and internationally.

 

ASYLUM SEEKERS IN DETENTION

1,392

People in detention in Australia (including 284 on Christmas Island). Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

1,194

People in detention on Nauru (373) and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (821). Source: DIBP.

45

Children in detention, all located on Nauru. Source: DIBP.

216

Children in community detention in Australia. Source: DIBP.

591

Voluntary returns of people in detention back to their country of origin between September 2013 to 30 April 2017. Source: Operation Sovereign Borders.

450

Average days spent in immigration detention. Source: DIBP.

35

Number of deaths in onshore and offshore detention facilities since 2010. Source: Australian Border Death Database.

Over $1 billion

The cost of detaining people seeking asylum in Australia and supporting those in the community. In 2014-15 offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru cost $1.1 billion and in 2013-2014, the centres cost $1.2 billion. Sources: Australian Parliamentary Library and Refugee Council Australia.

3 out of 6

The number of refugees who have resettled in Cambodia from Nauru, at a cost of $55 million. Three of the six refugees who were transferred to Cambodia have since returned to their country of origin. Sources: The Guardian and Asian Correspondent.


BOAT ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA

30 boats and 765 people

Known boat turn backs since September 2013 under Operation Sovereign Borders. Source:  Australian Government Press Release.

Sources: Parliamentary Library & Australian Customs

Source: Australian Border Deaths Database

REFUGEES & ASYLUM SEEKERS IN AUSTRALIA

17,555 visas

Refugee visas granted by the Australian government in 2015-16, made up of 15,552 offshore visas and 2003 onshore visas. The Prime Minister has pledged that the Humanitarian Program will increase to 18,750 visas by 2018-19. Source: DIBP and The Guardian.

12,000 additional visas

Refugee visas to be granted to people who have fled the conflict in Syria, in addition to the 13,750 refugees taken in 2015-16 through the Humanitarian Program.

In 2015-16 4,850 visas were granted to Syrian refugees under the Annual Offshore Humanitarian Program and 3,790 under the additional 12,000 visa program.  Source: DIBP.

23,573 applications

People awaiting an outcome of their refugee application whilst living in Australia on a Bridging Visa E. This includes 3,818 children. Source: DIBP.


ASYLUM SEEKERS INTERNATIONALLY

2 million new applications

Asylum applications lodged between January and December 2016, the majority received in Germany. Source: UNHCR.

2.8 million pending applications

Individuals awaiting outcomes on their applications for asylum or refugee status globally in 2016. Source: UNHCR.

1.5 million actioned applications

Asylum cases decided on in 2016, the largest number on record. Source: UNHCR

1.0%

Of all asylum applications lodged in Australia in 2016. Source: UNHCR

1 in 5 are children

358, 403 refugees migrated to Europe from 1 January to 21 December 2016 by boat, 4,913 of these are missing. 1,011,712 refugees migrated to Europe in 2015. Source: IOM

Source: International Organization for Migration http://missingmigrants.iom.int/latest-global-figures

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