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Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: February 2017



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Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: February 2017

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This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water

reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 February 2017 to 28 February 2017.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres (RPCs).

Seven illegal maritime arrival detainees were voluntarily removed from Australia. Two illegal maritime arrival

detainees were involuntarily removed from Australia to their country of origin. Their removal from Australia is

consistent with Australia's obligations.

Ten illegal maritime arrival transferees voluntarily returned to their country of origin from a regional processing

country.

As at 28 February 2017, there were a total of 837 people in Manus RPC and 378 people in Nauru RPC. With the

opening of the Manus RPC, those yet to be determined are now permitted to depart the RPC. The figure on those

still living in the RPC will therefore be fluid.

Of the 1015 Refugee Status Initial Assessment Notifications at Manus Island, 510 were positive and 505 were

negative as at 28 February 2017. There were 707 refugees who have been given a positive final determination.

There were 224 failed asylum seekers who have been given a negative final determination.

Of the 1209 Refugee Status Determination (RSD) hand downs in Nauru, 1019 were positive and 190 were negative

as at 28 February 2017.

Media enquiries:

Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio Media: (02) 6264 2244

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