Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update: November 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 November 2015 to 30 November 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.

During this same period the Australian Government turned back two attempted illegal boat ventures to their country of departure.

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

Three illegal maritime arrival detainees were voluntarily removed from Australia.

Two illegal maritime arrival detainees were involuntarily removed. Their removal from Australia is consistent with Australia's obligations.

As at 30 November 2015, there was a total of 926 people in Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (RPC) and 543 people in Nauru RPC. 

Of the 783 Refugee Status Interim Determinations done at Manus Island, as at the end of November 446 were positive and 337 were negative. 268 refugees have been given a positive final determination and 52 of those individuals were residing at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre at this date. Of the remaining, 213 were accommodated at Manus RPC.

Of the 1,075 Refugee Status Determinations (RSD) handed down in Nauru as at the end of November, 815 were positive and 260 were negative. 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 21 November 2015, Sri Lankan authorities arrested an alleged people smuggling organiser and 20 alleged people smuggling passengers, in coastal Negombo, Sri Lanka.

On 13 November 2015, a Mildura man appeared before court in Mildura for a committal hearing, in relation to alleged involvement in a people smuggling syndicate. The matter was adjourned for hearing, with no date set.

On 4 November 2015, Sri Lankan authorities located and arrested a major alleged people smuggler. He was charged in relation to five people smuggling ventures.


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