Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs).
The reporting period is from 1 July 2018 to 31 July 2018.
During this reporting period there were no IMAs transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.
No IMAs were transferred to a regional processing country.
Sixteen IMA detainees, who arrived in Australia before 1 January 2014, were voluntarily removed from Australia. Two IMA detainees were involuntarily removed from Australia to their country of origin, consistent with Australia’s obligations.
For the month of July 2018, five IMAs voluntarily returned to their country of origin from a regional processing country.
As at 31 July 2018, there was a total of 189 people in the Nauru RPC. The Manus RPC closed on 31 October 2017.
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