Offshore Detention

#6YearsTooMany  19 July 2019

Deaths: Source: Asylum Insight – 25 May 2019

  • 45 Deaths in onshore and offshore detention facilities since 2010, with 24 of those known to be suicides.
  • 14 of these deaths have been people detained on Manus Island or Nauru.


After the Medical Evacuation Bill was ratified, MERG (Medical Evacuation Response Group) was formed. MERG is a partnership of organisations in the refugee sector who are working together to ensure the safe, orderly and effective implementation of applications under the Medevac Bill process. The Group consists of doctors, caseworkers, counsellors and lawyers. People are triaged by medical professionals and supported by caseworkers. If the person requires medical care that is not available on the islands, the Group can recommend medical transfers.

If you are working with any people in Nauru and PNG, please feel free to let them know about the formation of the Group and that the Group will be accepting referrals. Contact details will be posted on the MERG website.

Since Medevac Bill passed, over 60 people have been transferred under both Medevac and non-Medevac process.

More information is available on the website:

People remaining on Manus and Nauru 

2 July 2019

  • Number of people in PNG              Approx. 450
  • Number of people on Nauru:         Approx. 420 (0 children)
  • Total Numbers in PNG and Nauru:  approx. 800

30 April 2019

  • Number of people in PNG              Approx. 500
  • Number of people on Nauru:         Approx. 450 (0 children)
  • Total Numbers in PNG and Nauru:  approx. 1000


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Email or call Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to tell them that this shameful and cruel abuse of innocent people must stop, and to bring people to safety.

Scott Morrison, Prime Minster
Phone:  (02) 6277 7700
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Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Opposition
Phone: (02) 6277 4022

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