Refugee Week aims to help all Australians have a better understanding about who refugees are and why they have come to Australia. It also helps celebrate the contributions refugees make to our communities.
Did you know?
- In legal terms a 'refugee' is a person who owing to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of their own country
- Children made up an astonishing 52% of the world's refugees in 2017
- 75% of asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by boat have been found to be refugees
- Most people seeking asylum in Australia arrive by air and not by boat
- 3.2% of total migrants who were settled in Australia 2015-16 were refugees
- Developing regions host 85% of the world's refugees
- In recent decades, the number of LGBTI refugees and asylum-seekers has risen
2019 Theme: A World of Stories
The theme for Refugee Week 2019 is "A World of Stories" which acknowledges the unique story of every refugee. The sharing of stories allows us to remember and honour these stories and provides opportunities to increase our understanding about the courage and contributions refugees make to our communities.