Refugee and humanitarian progam statistics

Australia contributes to refugee protection by resettling refugees from overseas and providing protection and assistance to refugees who seek asylum in Australia. While these contributions are significant, Australia’s overall share of the global responsibility for refugee protection is relatively small. In 2010, Australia hosted just 0.21% of the world’s refugees and 0.45% of the world’s asylum seekers, and received just 1.04% of the world’s asylum application. Australia does have one of the largest resettlement programs in the world, but the actual numbers of people resettled are small in global terms. The vast majority of the world’s refugees (80%) are hosted by developing countries.

Australia’s role in refugee protection

 

2010 Global
total
Australian total Australia’s share Australia’s rank Per
capita
Per $b
GDP
Asylum applications 1,058,318 10,955 1.04% 25th 35th 51st
Asylum seekers recognised as refugees 440,409 3,859 0.88% 27th 30th 44th
Refugees recognised, registered or resettled 539,170 12,375 2.30% 10th 17th 17th

Source: 2010 Global Trends, UNHCR. Includes people in refugee–like situations, available at here.

Refugee and humanitarian visa applications

 

Year Refugee visa
applications
Special Humanitarian
visa applications
Protection
visa applications
2005–06 12,090 69,592 3,291
2006–07 19,957 60,329 3,746
2007–08 12,880 34,451 4,009
2008–09 12,453 34,457 5,302
2009–10 12,552 34,570 8,150

Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Refugee resettlement , 2010

 

Rank Country Refugees resettled
1 United States 71,362
2 Canada 12,098
3 Australia 8,516
4 Sweden 1,786
5 Norway 1,097
6 United Kingdom 715
7 New Zealand 631
8 Finland 541
9 Denmark 495
10 Germany 469

Source: 2010 Global Trends, UNHCR.

Refugee and humanitarian visa grants by Sub-class

 

Visa sub-class 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 Total
offshore refugee visas            
Refugee (visa subclass 200) 4,996 5,011 5,132 5,653 5,173 25,965
In-country Special Humanitarian (201) 6 8 42 54 24 134
Emergency Rescue (203) - 3 4 4 - 12
Woman at Risk (204) 995 980 819 788 806 4,388
Secondary Movement Offshore Entry – Temporary (447) 11 - - - - 11

Secondary Movement Relocation – Temporary (451)

14 1 6 - - 21
offshore special humanitarian visas            
Global Special Humanitarian (202) 6,736 5,183 4,795 4,511 3,233 24,458
202 visas granted by ministerial intervention 100 92 231 75 11 509
onshore protection visas            
Onshore Temporary Protection (785) 277 305 196 9 - 787
Resolution of Status (851) - - - 39 8 47
Onshore Permanent Protection (866) 995 1,396 1,704 2,369 4,515 10,979
Temporary Humanitarian Concern (786) 14 38 84 5 - 141
total 14,144 13,017 13,014 13,507 13,770 67,452

Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Annual Reports, 2005–06 to 2009–10.

TOP 10 COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN 2009–10

Offshore refugee and humanitarian entrants

 

Country No. of entrants
Burma 1,959
Iraq 1,688
Bhutan 1,144
Afghanistan 951
Democratic Republic of Congo 584
Ethiopia 392
Somalia 317
Sudan 298
Liberia 258
Sierra Leone 237

Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship 2009–10 Annual Report.

Onshore entrants

 

Country No. of entrants Grant rate
Afghanistan 1,514 9.7%
Sri Lanka 505 87.8%
China 92 42.0%
Iraq 321 97.3%
Iran 282 98.3%
Zimbabwe 255 85.3%
Pakistan 218 84.2%
Stateless 192 98.5%
Egypt 79 1.2%
Burma 78 96.3%

Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship 2009–10 Annual Report.