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How many refugees does Australia grant permanent protection to each year? 

Under the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Humanitarian Programme, Australia accepts a certain number of people every year who are refugees or have special humanitarian needs.  

The Humanitarian Programme intake numbers are set each year.  These numbers are influenced by UNHCR assessment of resettlement needs overseas, the views of organisations within Australia conveyed during community consultations and Australia’s capacity to assist.

The Humanitarian Programme has two main components:
•    offshore resettlement for people who are found to be refugees (and others whose need for protection has been acknowledged) in another country before they come to Australia, and
•    onshore protection for people who come to Australia with a valid visa and make a successful claim for asylum after they arrive.

In addition, asylum seekers who arrived in Australia without a valid visa (prior to offshore detention policies being implemented) but are not transferred to Nauru or Manus Island may be granted Temporary Protection Visas or Safe Haven Enterprise visas.

In 2014–15 there were 13,756 visa grants under the Humanitarian Programme. This included 11,009 visas granted under the offshore component and 2,747 visas granted under the onshore component.

In late 2015, the Humanitarian Programme added 12,000 additional places especially for Iraqi and Syrian refugees.  These are in addition to the 13,750 places available under Australia's 2015-2016 Humanitarian Programme.



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