Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: July 2015

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 July 2015 to 31 July 2015.

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.

The Australian Government returned one group of people to their country of departure by aircraft.

Four illegal maritime arrival detainees were voluntarily removed from Australia—four Sri Lankans.

For the same period, no illegal maritime arrival detainees were involuntarily removed.

As at 31 July 2015, there was a total of 942 people in Manus Island RPC and 637 people in Nauru RPC.

Of the 677 Initial Assessment Notifications at Manus Island, 395 were positive and 282 were negative. 131 refugees have been given a positive final determination and 44 of those individuals were residing at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre. The remaining 87 were accommodated at Manus RPC. One transferee has been given a negative final determination.

Of the 644 Refugee Status Determination (RSD) hand downs in Nauru, 536 were positive and 108 were negative. Those with a positive RSD are now living freely within the Nauruan community.

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