General Australian Refugee Facts And Figures Essay

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General Australian refugee facts and figures
The 1951 UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as “someone who has a well-founded fear of persecution in their own country, because of their race, religion, nationality or political or social affiliation” (Refugee Action Coalition, n.d.). In other words refugees are ordinary individuals who have been forced to leave their country to be able to escape war, persecution or natural disaster (Oxford, 2014).

Ever since 1945 there have been over 700 000 refugees and displaced persons settled within Australia, this come to show that Australia has a long history of accepting refugees for resettlement (Phillip, 2011). In the world today it is estimated that there are currently approximately 15.2 millions refugees in the world today (The Department of Immigration and Border Control, 2014).

One of the shocking figures states that approximately on a daily basis there is 23,000 people being displaced (The Salvation Army, 2013). Another shocking figure is that individuals under the age of 18 are being displaced which accomodates to approximately 50% (UNHCR, 2013). Around the world, 23,000 are forced to leave their homes each day according to a UNHCR report (The Salvation Army, 2013).

Within Australia between 2009-2010 Australia’s refugee intake consisted of less than 0.14%, which was just 13770 people among the estimated 10.4 million refugees worldwide (Refugee Action Coalition, n.d.). Interestingly 74% of the refugees that come to…

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