Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: January 2016

This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the off-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 January 2016 to 31 January 2016.

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.

During this reporting period no transferees were voluntarily returned to their country of origin from a regional processing centre.

Eighteen illegal maritime arrival detainees were voluntarily removed from Australia.

One illegal maritime arrival detainee was involuntarily removed. Their removal from Australia is consistent with Australia's obligations.

As at 31 January 2016, there were a total of 916 people in Manus RPC and 484 people in Nauru RPC.

Of the 803 Initial Assessment Notifications at Manus, 461 were positive and 342 were negative as at 31 January 2016. There were 361 refugees who have been given a positive final determination and 53 of those individuals were residing at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre. Of those remaining, 300 were accommodated at Manus RPC. 

Of the 1107 Refugee Status Determination (RSD) hand downs in Nauru, 839 were positive and 268 were negative as at 31 January 2016. Those with a positive RSD who remain in Nauru, are now living freely within the Nauruan community or in the RPC under open centre arrangements.

On 14 January 2016, the verdict for the six Indonesian crew members was handed down with all six crew members found guilty. The Indonesian boat captain was sentenced to five years and eight months' imprisonment and a fine of 700 million IDR while the other crew members were all sentenced to five years and six months' imprisonment and a fine of 500 million IDR.

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