The year 2016-2017 has been a turbulent period for Australian refugee policy, as evidenced by the recent Department of Immigration and Border Protection's 2016-17 annual report. The report provides key statistics and information on changes to policy and practice during the past year.
This page summarises the key facts about Myanmar (or Burma), and the reasons why so many people have been displaced from this country.
New documents obtained by the Refugee Council of Australia through freedom of information (FOI) show that only one third of people in Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program are referred by UNHCR. This increasing trend towards selecting refugees based on community links in Australia undermines the principle that Australia should be taking the most vulnerable refugees.
New global refugee statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Global Trends report highlight the need for Australia to increase support for refugees, including those from eastern and central Africa.
In April 2017, the Department published a Discussion Paper inviting submissions on the Program. The Refugee Council of Australia provided its submission on 19 May 2017.
The 2017-2018 Federal Budget announces a number of measures that affect refugees and people seeking humanitarian protection. This analysis provides a full briefing of those changes.
It is increasingly recognised that the options for effective protection of refugees have not kept pace with the number of people who need protection. Traditional approaches to refugee protection have centered on one of three 'durable solutions' supported by the UNHCR. Increasingly, however, people are discussing alternative pathways for refugees to access safety and security, as well as expanding existing channels such as resettlement programs.
This is the first Annual Report of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) following its merger with the Customs and Border Protection Service in July 2015. The report, tabled in Parliament in October 2016, provides a number of useful statistics.
This page sets out the latest numbers of visas granted under Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program.
On 19 September 2016, 193 countries committed to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. What does this mean for refugees?