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Australia's focus on deterrence challenged in global forum

RCOA has challenged the Australian Government's promotion of its "regional deterrence network" as governments, NGOs and international bodies gather in Geneva for a global dialogue on protection at sea. Read more here.

Asylum laws will fast-track vulnerable people to danger

The passage of the Australian Government's asylum legislation is a shattering blow for asylum seekers who face the grave risk of being returned to danger. Read more here.

PM urged to remove all children from immigration detention

RCOA has written to the Prime Minister urging him to remove children from immigration detention facilities in Australia and Nauru. Read more here.

Housing issues for refugees and asylum seekers

RCOA has released a new report on challenges and alternatives in sustainable housing for refugees and asylum seekers. Read it here.

UN Committee takes aim at Asylum Legacy Caseload Bill

Cross-bench Senators have been urged to take note of a report from one of the UN's foremost authorities on the prevention of torture. Read more here.

End to resettlement from Indonesia adds insult to injury

Australia's refusal to resettle refugees who sought protection in Indonesia after June 2014 will cement Australia's reputation as a bad neighbour. Read more here.

Temporary Protection Visas will separate families indefinitely

RCOA has highlighted the devastating impact of the Australian Government's proposed Temporary Protection Visas in forcing the indefinite separation of families. Read more here.

Australia must stop returns following torture of asylum seeker

RCOA president Phil Glendenning has again pleaded with the Department of Immigration to halt forcible returns of asylum seekers to Afghanistan. Read more here.

Governments challenged to end neglect of African crises

Delegates from 94 nations including Australia have been challenged to end the global neglect of Africa's 15 million displaced people. Read more here.

Australia urged to take more constructive response to global refugee crises

The crises in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan and efforts to eliminate statelessness will dominate discussions at a key UNHCR meeting. Read more here.

Punishment not protection for refugees sent to Cambodia

The agreement to be signed this week between Australia and Cambodia to resettle refugees from Nauru will leave refugees at further risk. Read more here.

Australia ignores UN call for action on statelessness

As the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention, stateless people in Australia have little to celebrate. Read more here.

Refugee Welcome Zone initiative reaches its century

RCOA's Refugee Welcome Zone initiative has reached a milestone with more than 100 councils signing on. Read more here.

National Party's call for more refugee places a positive step

RCOA has backed calls by the Government's Coalition partner the National Party for an expanded Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Read more here.

Australia must step up to support Syrian refugees

News that the number of Syrian refugees has passed three million confirms that Australia's decision to cut its refugee program could not have come at a worse time, says RCOA. Read more here.

No excuse for ongoing detention of children

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has failed to offer an adequate justification for the ongoing detention of children on Christmas Island and Nauru, says RCOA. Read more here.

Efforts to return Syrian refugees unconscionable

RCOA is alarmed by media reports that Syrian asylum seekers detained on Manus Island are being pressured by Australian Government officials to return home. Read more here.

Government removes Refugee Council's core funding

The Australian Government has completely cut core funding to RCOA despite allocating $140,000 just two weeks ago in its 2014-15 Budget. Read more here.

Federal Budget summary 2014-15

RCOA has released a summary of refugee-related spending in the 2014-15 Federal Budget. Read more here.
 

'When you leave your house you worry, will I come back?'

Santino Mou Ngong Dut fled Sudan in 1994, carrying only a few clothes and leaving behind his parents, brothers and sisters.

 

Statistics on Australia's current Refugee and Humanitarian Program

Note: There may be some inconsistencies between the following tables due to variations in the data sources used.

Permanent additions to the resident population by eligibility category, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Year Family Skill Special Eligibility Non-Program Migration* Humanitarian Total Humanitarian as % of total
2003-04 42,187 74,850 937 19,972 12,046 149,992 8.0%
2004-05 43,747 81,893 439 23,712 17,528 167,319 10.5%
2005-06 45,943 91,501 301 25,098 16,964 179,807 9.4%
2006-07 48,769 98,918 163 29,899 14,158 191,907 7.4%
2007-08 50,680 107,469 143 35,919 11,729 205,940 5.7%
2008-09 56,477 118,415 233 34,640 14,854 224,619 6.6%
2009-10 59,453 108,300 654 25,961 14,553 208,921 7.0%
2010-11 54,708 107,656 653 36,416 13,976 213,409 6.5%
2011-12 59,620 123,820 880 46,325 14,620 245,265 6.0%
2012-13 65,389 128,773 1,206 43,473 15,893 254,734 6.2%
Total 526,973 1,041,595 5,609 321,415 146,321 2,041,913 7.2%
*People who migrated without visas (predominantly New Zealanders)

Refugee and Humanitarian Program visa grants by stream,
2007-08 to 2012-13

Year Refugee Special
Humanitarian
Program
Total
Offshore
Onshore Grand
Total
2007-08 5,962 5,026 10,988 2,026 13,014
2008-09 6,499 4,511 11,010 2,497 13,507
2009-10 6,003 3,233 9,236 4,534 13,770
2010-11 5,998 2,973 8,917 4,828 13,799
2011-12 6,004 714 6,718 7,041 13,759
2012-13 12,012 503 12,515 7,504 20,019
Total 42,487 16,960 59,438 28,430 87,868

Refugee and Humanitarian Program visa applications, 2006-07 to 2012-13

Year Applications for offshore (resettlement) visas Applications for onshore (protection) visas Total
Refugee Visa applications SHP Visa applications Total offshore applications Protection Visa applications (plane arrivals) Protection requests
(boat arrivals)
Total onshore applications
2006-07 19,957 60,329 80,286 3,723 23 3,746 84,032
2007-08 12,880 34,451 47,331 3,987 21 4,008 51,339
2008-09 12,853 34,457 48,400 5,072 678 5,750 54,150
2009-10 13,356 33,842 47,198 5,981 4,597 10,578 57,776
2010-11 20,055 22,873 42,928 6,335 5,166 11.501 65,872
2011-12 20,055 22,873 42,928 7,063 7,373 14,436 57,364
2012-13 28,968 21,476 50,444 8,308 18,119 26,427 76,871
Total 138,781 232,177 370,958 40,469 35,977 76,446 447,404

Refugee and Humanitarian visa grants by sub-class, 2008-09 to 2012-13

Visa sub-class 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Total
Offshore Refugee visas
Refugee (visa subclass 200) 5,653 5,173 5,211 5,140 10,238 31,415
In-country Special Humanitarian (201) 54 24 26 43 71 218
Emergency Rescue (203) 4 - 2 - 30 36
Woman at Risk (204) 788 806 759 821 1,673 4,847
Offshore Special Humanitarian visas
Global Special Humanitarian (202) 4,511 3,233 2,973 714 503 11,934
202 visas granted by
ministerial intervention
75 11 8 2 - 96
Onshore Protection visas
Onshore Temporary Protection (785) 9 - - - - 9
Resolution of Status (851) 39 8 2 1 4 54
Onshore Permanent Protection (866) 2,369 4,515 4,818 7,038 7,504 26,244
Temporary Humanitarian Concern (786) 5 - - - - 5
Total 13,507 13,770 13,799 13,759 20,023 74,858

Top five countries of origin for Humanitarian entrants by visa stream, 2007-08 to 2012-13

Visa class 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Refugee and
Special
Humanitarian
Burma Iraq Burma Burma Burma Iraq
Iraq Burma Iraq Iraq Iraq Afghanistan
Afghanistan Afghansitan Bhutan Bhutan Afghanistan Burma
Sudan Sudan Afghanistan Afghanistan Bhutan Bhutan
Liberia Bhutan DR Congo DR Congo Ethiopia DR Congo
Onshore
Protection
Sri Lanka China Afghanistan Afghanistan Afghanistan Afghanistan
China Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Iran Iran Iran
Iraq Afghanistan China Stateless Stateless Pakistan
Pakistan Zimbabwe Iraq Sri Lanka Iraq Stateless
Iran Iraq Iran Iraq Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Refugee and humanitarian entrants by state or territory of settlement,
2007-08 to 2012-13

State/territory % national popn 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Total
Australian Capital Territory 1.65% 180
(1.9%)
188
(1.6%)
119
(1.2%)
144
(1.6%)
49
(0.7%)
67
(0.8%)
785
(1.4%)
New South Wales 32.14% 2,958 (31.1%) 4,151 (35.6%) 3,180 (32.2%) 2,979 (30.6%) 1,727
(22.8%)
2,748
(32.8%)
17,792
(31.4%)
Northern Territory 1.04% 94
(1.0%)
108
(0.9%)
103
(1.0%)
75
(0.8%)
68
(0.9%)
54
(0.6%)
510
(0.9%)
Queensland 20.10% 976 (10.3%) 1,159 (10.0%) 1,284 (13.0%) 1,354 (14.8%) 1,262
(16.7%)
1,076
(12.8%)
7,065
(12.8%)
South Australia 7.30% 835
(8.8%)
1,013 (8.7%) 952
(9.7%)
1,144 (12.5%) 1,123
(14.9%)
694
(8.3%)
5,623
(10.2%)
Tasmania 2.26% 237
(2.5%)
303
(2.6%)
399
(4.0%)
359
(3.9%)
319
(4.2%)
378
(4.5%)
2,038
(3.7%)
Victoria 24.79% 2,787 (29.3%) 3,035 (26.1%) 2,670 (27.1%) 2,440 (26.7%) 2,234
(29.60%)
2,845
(33.9%)
15,912
(28.6%)
Western Australia 10.71% 1,440 (15.1%) 1,688 (14.5%) 1,149 (11.7%) 817
(8.9%)
751
(9.9%)
527
(6.3%)
6,378
(11.1%)
Total 9,507 11,645 9,856 9,130 7,576 8,389 56,103

Sources

Australian Bureau of Statistics' Australian Demographic Statistics Department of Immigration and Citizenship Settlement Reporting Database, http://www.immi.gov.au/settlement

Department of Immigration and Citizenship Annual Reports http://www.immi.gov.au/about/reports/annual

Department of Immigration and Citizenship annual publications Asylum Trends, Immigration Update and Settler Arrivals, http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/statistics

Some statistics supplied on request by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

 

Last updated March 2014