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New Refugee Statistics Highlight Need For Greater Australian Support For Africa

New global refugee statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) highlight the need for Australia to increase support to nations in eastern and central Africa, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. UNHCR’s 2016 Global Trends…

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Justice for some on Manus but costs of indefinite offshore detention grow and grow

The Australian Government has today agreed to pay $70 million in a class action settlement brought by 1,905 people detained on Manus Island. The settlement today by the Australian Government and private corporations contracted to carry out immigration detention…

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Australia’s response to a world in crisis

It has been a dramatic year for refugees in Australia and in the world. Hear the voices and views of hundreds of individuals and organisations from across Australia: people from refugee backgrounds, people seeking asylum and the many brave and committed communities and organisations supporting them.


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Total number of
displaced persons
(21.3 million Refugees)

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Number of refugees
resettled or recognised
in Australia

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Proportion of world’s
refugees protected
by Australia in 2015

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Country hosting the
most refugees: Turkey


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