The Department reports: the annual report of the Department of Immigration 2016-2017

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.
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Less than one third of refugees in Australia’s humanitarian program are resettled from UNHCR

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.
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Alternative pathways to protection for refugees

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.
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