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Some facts, not Tony Abbott lies, about Australia’s pathetic refugee intake

 

This is a good analysis with, you know, FACTS, not Tony Abbott lies, about Australia’s pathetic response to refugees. It is from the Refugee Council of Australia.

Tony Abbott claims we are number one per capita in taking in refugees. According to news.com.au ‘[The Prime Minister] also stressed numerous times that Australia takes in more refugees per capita than any other nation in the world.’ We are not.  We are not number one but number 27 per capita.

Here is what the Refugee Council said in July this year:

Does Australia, as is sometimes claimed, have the world’s most generous refugee program or is Australia’s response mean? What do global statistics tell us?

Australia’s annual Refugee and Humanitarian Program

In 2013-14, the Australian Government issued 13,768 Refugee and Humanitarian visas. Of these, 11,016 were offshore Refugee and Special Humanitarian Program visas and 2,752 were permanent Onshore Protection visas.[1] In 2014-15 and 2015-16, the total annual program remains at 13,750. The Australian Government expects to issue about 11,000 offshore resettlement visas (Refugee and Special Humanitarian) and 2,750 onshore permanent protection visas. In recent years, Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program peaked at 20,015 places in 2012-13 but was cut back by 6,250 places in 2013. The Abbott Government has pledged to partially reverse its cut by increasing the program to 16,250 places in 2017-18 and 18,250 in 2018-19.

UNHCR’s global statistics for 2014

In June each year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) releases its global statistics for the previous calendar year. The most recent statistics showed that, as at 31 December 2014, there were 19.5 million refugees around the world – 5.1 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East under the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency and 14.38 million refugees around the world under the mandate of UNHCR. Of the refugees under UNHCR’s mandate, 3,262,960 were recognised as refugees in 2014 and 105,197 refugees were resettled from one country to another. In total, 3,368,157 refugees received initial protection through asylum processes or further protection through resettlement. The largest numbers given protection or resettlement were in Turkey (1,027,137), Lebanon (364,129), Afghanistan (283,575), Russian Federation (250,307), Ethiopia (235,833), Uganda (159,046), Cameroon (149,670), Jordan (133,924), Sudan (122,699) and United States of America (96,459).

Australian statistics for 2014

According to UNHCR statistics, in the 2014 calendar year (rather than the financial year), Australia recognised 2,780 asylum seekers as refugees. This was 0.09% of the global total, leaving Australia ranked 37th overall, 46th on a per capita basis and 62nd relative to total national GDP. In refugee resettlement, Australia did much better. The arrival of 11,750 resettled refugees to Australia during 2014 accounted for 11.0% of the global total (third overall and first on a per capita basis and relative to total national GDP). In 2014, only 0.7% of UNHCR-mandated refugees were resettled.

The fairest comparison is to look at how the refugee recognition and resettlement within Australia’s total Refugee and Humanitarian Program compares on a global basis. By this measure, the 14,350 refugees recognised or resettled in Australia during 2014 made up 0.43% of the global total, with Australia ranked 22nd overall, 27th on a per capita basis and 46th relative to  total national GDP.

The 2014 statistics are similar to those of the previous decade. In the 10 years to 31 December 2014, the 141,047 refugees recognised or resettled by Australia accounted 1.16% of the global total of 12,107,623) – with Australia ranked 23rd overall, 27th per capita and 46th relative to national GDP. 

[1] Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Australia’s Offshore Humanitarian Program: 2013-14

STATISTICAL TABLES

TABLE 1:

Recognition and resettlement of refugees 2014

Country of asylum or resettlement Refugees recognised, 2014 Rank Refugees resettled, 2014 Rank  Refugee recognition and resettlement  Rank  Per 1000 popn  Rank  Per $b GDP Rank
Country of asylum or resettlement
Refugees recognised, 2014
Rank
Refugees resettled, 2014
Rank
 Refugee recognition and resettlement
 Rank
 Per 1000 popn
 Rank
 Per $b GDP
Rank
Lebanon 364,129 2 364,129 2 73.325 1 4,490.21 2
Nauru 389 67 389 68 38.9 2
Jordan 133,924 8 133,924 8 17.844 3 1,682.31 5
Turkey 1,027,137 1 1,027,137 1 13.543 4 681.01 9
Afghanistan 283,575 3 283,575 3 9.062 5 4,677.35 1
Cameroon 149,670 7 149,670 7 6.556 6 2,226.33 3
Uganda 159,046 6 159,046 6 4.093 7 2,067.23 4
Sweden 32,347 13 1,971 4 34,318 14 3.564 8 76.7 22
Malta 1,478 44 1,478 45 3.436 9 107.12 20
Sudan 122,699 9 122,699 9 3.166 10 771.47 8
Congo, Republic of 11,562 25 11,562 27 2.536 11 412.97 13
Ethiopia 235,833 5 235,833 5 2.442 12 1,630.36 6
Kenya 83,400 10 83,400 11 1.832 13 630.13 11
Russian Federation 250,307 4 250,307 4 1.752 14 70 23
Switzerland 13,971 21 152 13 14,123 23 1.732 15 29.87 31
Iraq 53,714 11 53,714 12 1.545 16 102.81 21
Chad 19,660 18 19,660 19 1.488 17 666.4 10
Norway 5,078 34 1,286 5 6,364 34 1.25 18 18.33 38
Cyprus 1,243 48 1,243 48 1.079 19 46.31 27
Denmark 5,670 33 344 11 6,014 35 1.065 20 23.96 34
Bulgaria 7,000 31 7,000 32 0.976 21 54.78 25
Netherlands 13,250 22 791 7 14,041 24 0.836 22 17.63 41
Yemen 20,173 17 20,173 18 0.808 23 194.76 17
South Sudan 8,987 29 8,987 30 0.766 24 345.67 15
Belgium 8,479 30 34 20 8,513 31 0.764 25 17.81 40
Burundi 6,781 32 6,781 33 0.647 26 807.28 7
Canada 9,943 27 12,277 2 22,220 15 0.626 27 13.97 43
Australia 2,780 37 11,570 3 14,350 22 0.609 28 13.18 46
Djibouti 531 59 531 60 0.599 29 185.36 18
Niger 10,536 26 10,536 28 0.569 30 588.73 12
Mauritania 2,001 41 2,001 42 0.502 31 129.06 19
Germany 40,563 12 280 12 40,843 13 0.495 32 11 50
Finland 1,346 46 1,089 6 2,435 40 0.448 33 11.01 49
Malaysia 12,378 23 12,378 26 0.41 34 16.58 42
Libya 2,521 38 2,521 38 0.403 35 25.79 32
Luxembourg 172 80 28 21 200 80 0.372 36 3.36 65
Greece 3,852 36 3,852 37 0.348 37 13.5 44
Italy 20,582 16 20,582 17 0.336 38 9.65 51
France 21,093 15 110 14 21,203 16 0.328 39 8.21 53
United States of America 23,448 14 73,011 1 96,459 10 0.3 40 5.55 60
Dem. Rep. of the Congo 19,520 19 19,520 20 0.282 41 350.53 14
Egypt 18,664 20 18,664 21 0.224 42 19.78 36
New Zealand 154 82 737 9 891 51 0.198 43 5.88 58
United Kingdom 11,768 24 787 8 12,555 25 0.198 44 4.94 62
Liberia 827 52 827 53 0.188 45 223.55 16
Namibia 415 66 415 67 0.176 46 17.94 39
South Africa 9,298 28 9,298 29 0.175 47 13.19 45
Liechtenstein 1 149 5 26 6 136 0.162 48
Curaçao 25 112 25 114 0.155 49
Swaziland 167 81 167 83 0.133 50 20.65 35
Other countries (105) 30,873 725 31,598
Total 3,262,960 105,197 3,368,157

Recognition and resettlement of refugees 2014, by receiving country (ranked on a per capita basis)

Source: UNHCR 2014 Global Trends statistical annexes (Table 3).

 

TABLE 2:

Refugees recognised and resettled, 2005-14

Country of asylum or resettlement Refugees recognised, 2014 Rank Refugees resettled, 2014 Rank  Refugee recognition and resettlement  Rank  Per 1000 popn  Rank  Per $b GDP Rank
Country of asylum or resettlement
Refugees recognised, 2014
Rank
Refugees resettled, 2014
Rank
 Refugee recognition and resettlement
 Rank
 Per 1000 popn
 Rank
 Per $b GDP
Rank
Lebanon 364,129 2 364,129 2 73.325 1 4,490.21 2
Nauru 389 67 389 68 38.9 2
Jordan 133,924 8 133,924 8 17.844 3 1,682.31 5
Turkey 1,027,137 1 1,027,137 1 13.543 4 681.01 9
Afghanistan 283,575 3 283,575 3 9.062 5 4,677.35 1
Cameroon 149,670 7 149,670 7 6.556 6 2,226.33 3
Uganda 159,046 6 159,046 6 4.093 7 2,067.23 4
Sweden 32,347 13 1,971 4 34,318 14 3.564 8 76.7 22
Malta 1,478 44 1,478 45 3.436 9 107.12 20
Sudan 122,699 9 122,699 9 3.166 10 771.47 8
Congo, Republic of 11,562 25 11,562 27 2.536 11 412.97 13
Ethiopia 235,833 5 235,833 5 2.442 12 1,630.36 6
Kenya 83,400 10 83,400 11 1.832 13 630.13 11
Russian Federation 250,307 4 250,307 4 1.752 14 70 23
Switzerland 13,971 21 152 13 14,123 23 1.732 15 29.87 31
Iraq 53,714 11 53,714 12 1.545 16 102.81 21
Chad 19,660 18 19,660 19 1.488 17 666.4 10
Norway 5,078 34 1,286 5 6,364 34 1.25 18 18.33 38
Cyprus 1,243 48 1,243 48 1.079 19 46.31 27
Denmark 5,670 33 344 11 6,014 35 1.065 20 23.96 34
Bulgaria 7,000 31 7,000 32 0.976 21 54.78 25
Netherlands 13,250 22 791 7 14,041 24 0.836 22 17.63 41
Yemen 20,173 17 20,173 18 0.808 23 194.76 17
South Sudan 8,987 29 8,987 30 0.766 24 345.67 15
Belgium 8,479 30 34 20 8,513 31 0.764 25 17.81 40
Burundi 6,781 32 6,781 33 0.647 26 807.28 7
Canada 9,943 27 12,277 2 22,220 15 0.626 27 13.97 43
Australia 2,780 37 11,570 3 14,350 22 0.609 28 13.18 46
Djibouti 531 59 531 60 0.599 29 185.36 18
Niger 10,536 26 10,536 28 0.569 30 588.73 12
Mauritania 2,001 41 2,001 42 0.502 31 129.06 19
Germany 40,563 12 280 12 40,843 13 0.495 32 11 50
Finland 1,346 46 1,089 6 2,435 40 0.448 33 11.01 49
Malaysia 12,378 23 12,378 26 0.41 34 16.58 42
Libya 2,521 38 2,521 38 0.403 35 25.79 32
Luxembourg 172 80 28 21 200 80 0.372 36 3.36 65
Greece 3,852 36 3,852 37 0.348 37 13.5 44
Italy 20,582 16 20,582 17 0.336 38 9.65 51
France 21,093 15 110 14 21,203 16 0.328 39 8.21 53
United States of America 23,448 14 73,011 1 96,459 10 0.3 40 5.55 60
Dem. Rep. of the Congo 19,520 19 19,520 20 0.282 41 350.53 14
Egypt 18,664 20 18,664 21 0.224 42 19.78 36
New Zealand 154 82 737 9 891 51 0.198 43 5.88 58
United Kingdom 11,768 24 787 8 12,555 25 0.198 44 4.94 62
Liberia 827 52 827 53 0.188 45 223.55 16
Namibia 415 66 415 67 0.176 46 17.94 39
South Africa 9,298 28 9,298 29 0.175 47 13.19 45
Liechtenstein 1 149 5 26 6 136 0.162 48
Curaçao 25 112 25 114 0.155 49
Swaziland 167 81 167 83 0.133 50 20.65 35
Other countries (105) 30,873 725 31,598
Total 3,262,960 105,197 3,368,157

Refugees recognised and resettled, 2005-14, by receiving country (ranked on a per capita basis)

Source: UNHCR 2014 Global Trends statistical annexes (Table 3).

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