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

Refugee turned citizen feels privileged to have a say

Paz Roman smiling to camera.At 17, Paz Roman was nominated as Young Australian of the Year, mostly for her volunteer work. Ironically, she wasn’t an Australian. She came here from Chile as a refugee with her family when she was just a baby, and despite living in Australia since then, she struggled with the idea of becoming a citizen.  

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