Australia’s Humanitarian Program
Australia’s Humanitarian Program provides resettlement for people who have suffered persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of their human rights. Since the end of World War II Australia has resettled more than 880,000 refugees and people in humanitarian need.
Australia consistently ranks as one of the top three refugee resettlement countries each year, along with the United States and Canada.
Resettlement under the Humanitarian Program
The 2017-18 Humanitarian Program includes 16,250 places, an increase from 13,750 places in 2016-17, and will include up to 1000 places for a
Community Support Program. The Humanitarian Program is set to further increase to 18,750 places in 2018-19.
Australia’s Humanitarian Program is designed primarily to assist people who have fled their home country because of persecution or serious human rights abuses and who have no options for return or alternative resettlement destinations. In recent years, Australia has resettled refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa from a broad range of countries, including Syria and Iraq, Bhutan, Myanmar, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Government ensures that support services are available to humanitarian entrants to assist them to settle successfully. The aim of these settlement services is to enable the participation of new arrivals as quickly and as fully as possible in Australian society and economy.
You can find out how the Australian Government supports refugees by visiting our
Refugee and Humanitarian webpage.
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