Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program has two key parts: the protection of people who claim asylum (called the ‘onshore’ component) and the resettlement program (called the ‘offshore’ component). The onshore part is for people who claim refugee status after arriving in Australia, while the resettlement part is used to resettle people from outside Australia. Australia sets an annual number of places in this program.
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…