The number of refugee and humanitarian entrants welcomed to Australia since World War II will pass 950,000 in the early months of 2023. Australian Government statistics show that 940,159 refugee and humanitarian...
Refugees in Australia
RCOA fact sheet: Refugee Myths & Facts
Your questions answered. Who is a refugee? ‘Refugee’ is used commonly to refer to people who are forced to leave their homes for many reasons, including conflict and violence. Sometimes it is used to also refer to a...
Clear answers to curly questions on refugee policy proposals
Are you advocating for refugees? Here are some suggested answers to some of the curly questions we often hear at the Refugee Council of Australia, based on our three key priorities for 2022.
Timeline of refugees and Australia
This timeline sets out Australia's history of refugee policy and key events in Australia's treatment of refugees.
How generous is Australia’s Refugee Program compared to other countries?
An analysis of UNHCR’s 2018 Global Refugee Statistics Australian political leaders regularly claim that Australia has one of the most generous refugee responses in the world. But what do UNHCR’s official statistics for...
Family separation and family reunion for refugees: The issues
What are the issues for refugee families in Australia when they are separated from their families? What are the policies in Australia on family reunion?
Refugees in Australia: a quick guide
This is a quick guide for people who want to understand refugee policy in Australia, and how refugees in Australia are treated.
Can the Australian Border Force turn away refugees at the airport?
What are the laws and policy when people apply for asylum at an airport? The laws are complicated, as we found when two Saudi women were turned back at Sydney Airport.
Understanding refugee communities
Who are our refugee communities? ‘Refugees’ describes the situation of people, but it doesn’t define who they are. Australia has many different refugee communities. Whether you are looking to learn...
Australia’s asylum policies
How does Australia treat people seeking asylum? This provides an overview of Australia's asylum policies.