Operation Sovereign Borders monthly update 15 March

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 September 2021 to 30 September 2021.

During this reporting period, OSB intercepted no illegal maritime ventures and returned no potential illegal immigrants.

During this reporting period:

  • no IMAs were transferred from Australia to a regional processing country, either as new arrivals or returning after temporary purpose in Australia;

  • no IMAs voluntarily returned to their country of origin from a regional processing country;

  • there were 0 IMAs transferred from a regional processing country to Australia for medical purposes or were an accompanying family member;

  • Seven IMAs were removed voluntarily to their country of origin from Australia and

Transitory persons under regional processing arrangements in Nauru or Papua New Guinea are not in detention; all persons reside in community accommodation, with no restrictions on their movement in the community. The processing of protection claims are matters for the governments of PNG and Nauru.

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