Facts and Figures about Refugees in PNG

  • The Government of PNG is undertaking a major nation-wide Naturalization and Registration Project to regularize the status of estimated 10,000 West Papuan refugees
  • ICSA has registered 7568 West Papuans throughout PNG. It is established that a few remaining cohorts still remain unregistered. They will also be registered and provided the opportunity to apply for PNG citizenship
  • Around 3127 throughout the country has so far been granted PNG citizenship by naturalization since 2015
  • The Citizenship Advisory Committee (CAC) of PNG will be meeting soon to deliberate on the 700 pending citizenship applications
  • The remaining registered group are still on various processing pathways determination before their status can be regularized. A good number were identified to be PNG citizens marrying West Papuans and children born to such mix parentage that are deemed PNG citizen by decent.
  • About less than a 100 individuals from those tranferred in from the Christmas Island through Regional Resettlement from Australia and spontaneous arrivals still remain in PNG.