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Submissions sought for 2014 UNHCR-NGO consultations

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John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant

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Stopping the boats: Australia's appalling example to the world

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No fairness and integrity in permanent Protection Visa freeze

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Australia's asylum policy must change to avoid long-term damage

The Australian Government must change course on refugee policy to avoid long-term damage to the lives of asylum seekers. Read more here.

Denial of work rights for asylum seekers must be overturned

The denial of work rights to about 27,000 asylum seekers living in the community on bridging visas is creating fear and uncertainty and must be overturned. Read more here.

Manus Island disturbance a tragedy waiting to happen

The death of an asylum seeker and the injuries suffered by more than 70 others at Manus Island is an appalling tragedy and a failure of Australian Government policy. Read more here.

Refugee intake increase vital to meet urgent protection needs

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Use of Temporary Humanitarian Concern visas as an alternative to Temporary Protection Visas

The Australian Government has released details about its new alternative to Temporary Protection Visas. Read more here.

Inquiry into immigration detention of children welcomed

RCOA has welcomed an Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into the immigration detention of children. Read more here.

Enough is Enough: It's time for a new approach

On the first anniversary of the report on the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, 64 Australian NGOs have called for a new approach to refugee and asylum policy that delivers protection to refugees. Read more here.
 

Post-compulsory education and training pathways for refugee young people

This report brings together evidence of good practice in the provision of education and training that meet the needs of refugee young people.

 

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