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 May 2021 to 31 May 2021.
During this reporting period, OSB intercepted no illegal maritime ventures and returned no potential illegal immigrants.
During this reporting period:
- Less than 5 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 less than 5 IMAs transferred from a regional processing country to Australia for medical purposes or were an accompanying family member;
- less than 5 IMAs were removed voluntarily to their country of origin from Australia and no IMAs were involuntarily removed from Australia to their country of origin.
Transitory persons under regional processing arrangements in Nauru or Papua New Guinea (PNG) 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.