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People in detention in Australia (including 274 on Christmas Island). Source: Department of Home Affairs.


People in detention on Nauru, including 22 children. Source: Department of Home Affairs


Men estimated to be on Manus Island. On 23 November 2017 all 600 men were moved from the Manus Island Detention Centre to one of three transition centres. Since that time 85 have been accepted under the United States resettlement deal and have been relocated. Source: Department of Home Affairs, ABC News and The Guardian


People who were in detention on Manus Island or Nauru have been resettled in the US. Source: ABC News and The Guardian.


Voluntary returns of people in detention back to their country of origin between September 2013 to 30 June 2018. Increased by 6 people since 31 May 2018. Source: Operation Sovereign Borders.


Involuntary returns of people in detention back to their country of origin between September 2013 to May 2018. Increase of 0 since 31 May 2018. Source: Operation Sovereign Borders.


Children in detention, 22 located on Nauru and 5 on the Australian mainland. Source: Department of Home Affairs.


Children in community detention in Australia. Source: Department of Home Affairs.


Average days spent in immigration detention. Source: Department of Home Affairs.


Number of deaths in onshore and offshore detention facilities since 2010, 16 of whom are known to have committee suicide.

12 of these deaths have been of men in detention facilities on Manus Island or Nauru. Source: Australian Border Death Database.

$4.89 billion

Total spent on Manus and Nauru detention centres. In 2014-15 the centres cost $1.1 billion and in 2013-2014 $1.2 billion. Sources: Australian Parliamentary Library, Canberra Times 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.



                                       Last Updated: 15 July 2018


33 boats and 771 people turned back

Known boat turn backs since September 2013 under Operation Sovereign Borders, the last boat turned around was in June 2018, the number of people it contained is not reported. Source: Senate Estimates and Australian Border Force.

Under the Howard Government from 2001 to 2003, 5 boats containing 614 people were turned back. Sources:  Australian Government Press Release and ReliefWeb Report

                                                                                                                                Last Updated: July 2018

Sources: Parliamentary Library & Australian Customs

Source: Australian Border Deaths Database



Refugee visas granted by the Australian government in 2016-17. Compared to 17,555 refugee visas granted in 2015-16. The Prime Minister has pledged that the Humanitarian Program will increase to 18,750 visas by 2018-19. Source: Department of Home Affairs 2015-16 Report, Department of Home Affairs 2016-17 Report and The Guardian.

12,000 additional visas in response to the Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis

As of 21 March 2017 all additional visas have been granted to people who have fled the conflict in Syria and Iraq. These 12,000 visas are in addition to the 13,760 refugees taken in the annual humanitarian Program.

22,417 humanitarian visas have been granted to displaced people from Syria and Iraq between 1 July 2015 to 3- June 2017, of these 21,673 have settled in Australia. Source: Department of Home Affairs.

17,668 applications

People awaiting an outcome of their refugee application whilst living in Australia on a Bridging Visa E. This includes 2,956 children. Source: Department of Home Affairs.

                                                                                                                                          Last Updated: 15 July 2018


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


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

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