How to use the map to find a Somali refugee’s address in Australia
The refugee crisis is one of the most pressing challenges facing Australia, with a refugee resettlement intake exceeding the capacity of the country’s 1,500 beds and the country is on track to house more than 4,000 asylum seekers by the end of 2018.
The map below, created by the Refugee Action Coalition, gives a sense of how quickly the country has to resettle asylum seekers, with only about 2,000 slots available.
There are currently about 10,500 refugees in Australia.
The number of people on the map is based on figures provided by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBC).
It is the largest number of refugees at any one time since the program was introduced in 2003.
The map also shows the scale of the problem.
Australia’s refugee resettlement rate is at 1.1 per cent of the population, but according to the DIBC, the figure is actually closer to 1.0 per cent, since only people with permanent residence can claim refugee status.
The agency has said there is no single benchmark to determine where the “top of the curve” is.
The refugee crisis has created a unique challenge for Australia.
It has been a country of laws, not refugees, and the rules have been clear on this point.
The rules governing asylum seekers in Australia have been set by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and they are designed to prevent people fleeing war and persecution from entering Australia, a common refugee goal.
The government is under pressure from the Australian public to meet this goal, with the number of asylum seekers arriving at the border and the numbers of refugees entering the country each day.
But a recent survey conducted by the Sydney Morning Herald shows that the vast majority of Australians do not understand the rules governing their ability to claim refugee protection in Australia, and that the overwhelming majority of people do not want to come to Australia.
According to the poll, the majority of respondents do not know the difference between “official” refugee status and refugee claim, and many are worried that they could be turned away at the borders.
“Many are concerned they might be turned back if they try to claim,” the survey said.
“And many fear being detained if they attempt to cross the border illegally, or being refused entry if they do try to make it to Australia.”
The survey found that 76 per cent did not know whether a person was an asylum seeker, or was seeking refugee status, or both.
The survey also found that 60 per cent were unaware of the difference in the criteria used for asylum claims and refugees, while 43 per cent do not even know what “official refugee status” means.
According the survey, 65 per cent believed that “refugee status” was a “definite” requirement for refugee protection, while only 15 per cent said that it was a hypothetical requirement.
“A substantial majority (70 per cent) believe that a refugee should not be sent to Australia if they are not an asylum-seeker,” the poll found.
“The vast majority (84 per cent), however, believe that it is a question of personal choice whether they want to leave the country.”
“Many do not feel they have any choice but to return to their home countries,” the report added.
The poll also found a significant level of distrust in the government’s ability to protect the interests of asylum-seekers.
Almost two-thirds (63 per cent in the survey) of respondents said they believed the government was not doing enough to protect them from persecution.
Almost one-third (32 per cent): believed that the government did not have enough information about the situation of asylum claimants in Australia; and 28 per cent: said they did not trust the government at all.
The most commonly reported fear was the fear of being turned away from the country.
Most of the survey respondents (55 per cent or 69 per cent respectively) believed that asylum seekers would be refused entry to Australia, or be turned around on their way to a different country if they tried to make the border crossing.
More than one in five respondents (19 per cent and 17 per cent each) said that they feared being detained for making a claim for refugee status if they attempted to make a claim at the Australian borders.