Providing up-to-date statistics on asylum seekers in Australia and internationally.
ASYLUM SEEKERS IN DETENTION
People in detention in Australia (including 284 on Christmas Island). Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
People in detention on Nauru (373) and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (821). Source: DIBP.
Children in detention, all located on Nauru. Source: DIBP.
Children in community detention in Australia. Source: DIBP.
Voluntary returns of people in detention back to their country of origin between September 2013 to 30 April 2017. Source: Operation Sovereign Borders.
Average days spent in immigration detention. Source: DIBP.
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.
REFUGEES & ASYLUM SEEKERS IN AUSTRALIA
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.
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
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
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