The 42 detainees were originally staying at the Mantra Hotel in Preston, but were transferred to the Carlton’s Park Hotel about a month ago.
Yesterday 24 people left the hotel and today another 20 were released.
Moz Azaimitabar is one of the men released today.
He is glad that he survived his ordeal in detention.
“I love Australia and I love the people in Australia,” Azaimitabar said.
“The most difficult part of this detention … we did not know when it would be time to be free.
“We were locked up in detention indefinitely.”
Azaimitabar, who sought asylum in Australia, said that being released was an incredibly emotional experience.
“I couldn’t stop crying … I just wanted to see a friend and hug him,” he said.
“I’m very lucky to have survived … My message to everyone is ‘love.’
The refugees have been granted six-month bridge visas after being detained for more than a year in Melbourne.
Detention advocacy social worker at the Asylum Seeker Resource Center (ASRC), Nina Field, said it was an incredible achievement.
“It’s an amazing time … we are so relieved and happy for them,” Ms. Field said.
Visas mean that refugees can live here freely while they plan to leave the country.
The short-term measure allows them access to medical treatment and other support.
Several people have come forward to offer support in the form of accommodation.
While the victory for the recently released refugees is significant, the future remains unclear to several others.
Don Khan fled Myanmar and is not yet sure when he will be released.
“I am very upset … I am very concerned about my situation at the moment,” Khan said.
The Department of the Interior reiterated the government’s position that no one attempting to enter the country via illegal sea voyage will be allowed to permanently settle in Australia.