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Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: April 2018

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Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: April 2018


04-05-2018 -

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

of April 2018 to the 30

of April 2018.

During this reporting period there were no IMAs transferred to Australian Immigration


No IMAs were transferred to a regional processing country.

13 IMA detainees, who arrived in Australia before 1 January 2014, were removed from

onshore immigration detention. This included 11 voluntary removals and 2 involuntary

removals to the individuals’ country of origin, consistent with Australia’s obligations.

21 IMAs voluntarily returned to their country of origin from a regional processing country.

As at 30 April 2018, there was a total of 257 people in the Nauru RPC. The Manus RPC

closed on 31 October 2017.

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

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Home Affairs Media: (02) 6264 2244

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