The coalition government has committed itself to ending the immigration detention of children.
But the number of children entering immigration detention centres in February 2013 has only marginally decreased since the same time last year.
According to recently released government data, seven children entered an immigration detention centres in February 2013, compared to ten in February 2012.
The graph below shows the total number of children entering in immigration detention centres since February 2012. It reveals that the number of children entering immigration detention centres shot up to 31 in December 2012:
Whilst the number of children entering immigration detention appears to be lowering, it’s important to bear in mind that these figures do not include those children held in ‘short term holding facilities’ or ‘pre-departure accommodation’ – which are not included in the publicly released government figures.
The original data, released by the government each month, can be found here.
When broken down by age group, the data reveals that children under 5, and aged 5-11 are most likely to be held in detention centres.