Australia’s humanitarian programme will increase its intake of refugees by over 35% following an announcement from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the recent Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York.
Mr Turnbull announced that starting from 2018/2019 Australia will permanently increase its refugee intake to 18,750, in addition to the commitment of taking in 12,000 Syrian refugees. Further, as part of the US-led program, Australia will take refugees from Central America within the annual intake and commit new funding of $130 million over the next 3 years to support refugee aid and migration efforts.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that it is estimated that 1 in every 113 humans (or approximately 65.3 million worldwide) is either a refugee, internally displaced or an asylum seeker. Distressingly, children amount to at least half of these figures.