Migrants in detention centres in Australia who didn't arrive by boat but still in what's called a "visa limbo"

Florencia Melgar made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

The request was refused by Department of Home Affairs.

From: Florencia Melgar

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Through this request we want to know:

1) How many migrants are in detention centres (both within Australia and off shore) to date?

2) How many of them are having their refugee visas requests assessed?

3) How many of them have arrived by boat?

4) How many of them are under 12 and how many under 18

5) How many minors live in detention centres with at least one relative

6) How many minors live in detention centres with no relatives

7) How many migrants have had their visas suspended or cancelled after being prosecuted and served a sentence in Australia?

8) How many of the above (point 7) are in detention centres? Where are the rest?

9) What are the avenues for this group to find a way out of the "visa limbo"?

Yours faithfully,

Florencia Melgar

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From: FOI
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In reply please quote:

FOI Request:       FA 18/11/01094

File Number:       ADF2018/231714

Your Reference: foi+request-5113-08983e6e

Dear Ms Melgar

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 19 November 2018 seeking access
to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You have requested access to the following:

 

1)        How many migrants are in detention centres (both within
Australia and off shore) to date?

2)        How many of them are having their refugee visas requests
assessed?

 

3)        How many of them have arrived by boat?

4)        How many of them are under 12 and how many under 18?

5)        How many minors live in detention centres with at least one
relative?

6)        How many minors live in detention centres with no relatives?

 

7)        How many migrants have had their visas suspended or cancelled
after being prosecuted and served a sentence in Australia?

8)        How many of the above (point 7) are in detention centres? Where
are the rest?

9)        What are the avenues for this group to find a way out of the
"visa limbo"?

 

Your request was received by the Department on 19 November 2018 and has
been allocated FOI request number FA 18/11/01094. Please include your FOI
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Department of Home Affairs

UNCLASSIFIED

 

Dear Florencia

 

To assist us with processing your request, we need to clarify the
following points:

 

1)         How many migrants are in detention centres (both within
Australia and off shore) to date? Please clarify “migrants”.

2)         How many of them are having their refugee visas requests
assessed?

3)         How many of them have arrived by boat? Please be specific - who
you are referring to?

4)         How many of them (??) are under 12 and how many under 18?

5)         How many minors live in detention centres with at least one
relative?

6)         How many minors live in detention centres with no relatives?

7)         How many migrants (please be more specific) have had their
visas suspended or cancelled after being prosecuted and served a sentence
in Australia? Does this mean how many have ever been cancelled or is there
a period of time you are referring to?

8)         How many of the above (point 7) are in detention centres? Where
are the rest?

9)         What are the avenues for this group (??) to find a way out of
the "visa limbo"?

 

 

FOI and Records Management Branch

Productivity and Compliance Division

Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

 

 

 

 

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Department of Home Affairs

UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning Ms Melgar

 

We refer to our email of 27 November 2018, in which we sought to clarify
aspects of your request to enable to Department to understand the
documents you are seeking access to.

 

We note that we have not received a response from you in relation to that
query.

 

In the event that we do not receive the clarifying information by COB
Monday, 17 December 2018, we will close your request on the basis that you
no longer wish to seek access to those documents.

 

With kind regards

Freedom of Information Section

FOI, Privacy and Records Management Branch

Productivity and Compliance Division | Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

E: [1][DIBP request email]

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From: FOI
Sent: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 2:49 PM
To: 'Florencia Melgar' <[FOI #5113 email]>
Subject: Clarify Scope - Freedom of Information Request - : FA 18/11/01094
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UNCLASSIFIED

 

Dear Florencia

 

To assist us with processing your request, we need to clarify the
following points:

 

1)         How many migrants are in detention centres (both within
Australia and off shore) to date? Please clarify “migrants”.

2)         How many of them are having their refugee visas requests
assessed?

3)         How many of them have arrived by boat? Please be specific - who
you are referring to?

4)         How many of them (??) are under 12 and how many under 18?

5)         How many minors live in detention centres with at least one
relative?

6)         How many minors live in detention centres with no relatives?

7)         How many migrants (please be more specific) have had their
visas suspended or cancelled after being prosecuted and served a sentence
in Australia? Does this mean how many have ever been cancelled or is there
a period of time you are referring to?

8)         How many of the above (point 7) are in detention centres? Where
are the rest?

9)         What are the avenues for this group (??) to find a way out of
the "visa limbo"?

 

 

FOI and Records Management Branch

Productivity and Compliance Division

Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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Locutus Sum left an annotation ()

I have classified this as "refused" but legally, it the request was deemed "withdrawn" because the applicant did nt respond to inquiries from the agency.

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