Australian Immigration Detention

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73% in Immigration detention have a criminal history.

As of September 30, there were 1,534 people in Australian immigration detention facilities, according to the latest figures from the Department of Home Affairs.

1,479 of these are male, leaving 44 being female and children. The report states that under 5 of the number are children.

514, of this 1,534, are listed as illegal maritime arrivals, and 499 of these are male.

The two main nationalies in detention were from Iran and New Zealand. 14.3 per cent were from Iran, 13.3 per cent were from New Zealand, 6.1 per cent were from Vietnam, 5.6 per cent were from Sudan and 5.2 per cent were from Sri Lanka.

The majority of the 1,534 are not illegal arrivals, but are S501 Visa Cancellation cases. Section 501(3A) states that a visa must be cancelled when the visa holder has been sentenced to 12 months or more imprisonment, or has been found guilty of a sexually based crime involving a child.

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The report states that 1,121, or 73%, of those in detention have a criminal history.

That leaves 433 in immigration detention without a known criminal history. Presumably just illegal maritime arrivals.

Only 184 were being held in immigration detention on Christmas Island, with 1,350 in immigration detention on the mainland.


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