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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 the regional processing of illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs).

The reporting period is from 1 October 2020 to 31 October 2020.

During this reporting period there were no IMAs transferred from a regional processing country to Australia for medical purposes or were an accompanying family member.

During this reporting period, OSB intercepted no illegal maritime ventures and returned no potential illegal immigrants.

No IMAs were transferred from Australia to a regional processing country.

No IMA detainees, who arrived in Australia before 1 January 2014, were voluntarily removed from Australia. No IMA detainees were involuntarily removed from Australia to their country of origin, consistent with Australia’s obligations.

In October 2020, Vietnamese authorities advised that in August 2020 they had arrested two Vietnamese nationals for people smuggling. The two persons were arrested following the June 2020 interception of a vessel carrying potential illegal immigrants that was ultimately destined for Australia.

No IMAs voluntarily returned to their country of origin from a regional processing country.

As at 31 October 2020, no IMAs in Nauru or Papua New Guinea are in detention; all persons reside in community accommodation, with no restrictions on their movement in the community.

The processing of refugee claims are matters for the governments of PNG and Nauru.


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