Refugee FAQs

The number of refugees and humanitarian entrants Australia accepts has varied in recent years. As of 2015-2016, Australia accepted 17,555 refugees in total.

This figure includes: 6,730 refugees, 5,032 special humanitarian entrants, 2,003 people granted onshore protection visas, 1,277 women deemed to be ‘at risk’, and 3,790 people granted visas under the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver additional humanitarian places to people displaced by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. (SSI and RCOA)

Success stories

Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student wins Youth Community Medal at NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner

Bassam Maaliki, Youth Community Award Winner with The Hon. Ray Williams MP and Jada Mathyssen-Whyman goalkeeper for Western Sydney Wanderers.Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student at Homebush Bay High School and founder of the social change campaign #uBelong, was announced winner of the Youth Medal at the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 21 March 2018.

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