FAQs - Where do refugees settle?
There are 13,750 refugee and humanitarian entrants settled in Australia each year as part of Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program. An estimated 4300 of this group settle in NSW each year. This may increase in future as the Federal Government has committed to increasing the annual intake to 18,750 by 2018.
In September 2015 the Federal Government allocated an additional 12,000 places to those escaping the Syrian conflict. The NSW government expects to settle 6000 of these additional refugees between 2016 and 2018.
The table below shows the distribution of refugee and humanitarian entrants by Local Health District boundaries. These figures reflect the area of intended or initial settlement, not necessarily the area that people eventually settle.
Table 1: Humanitarian Arrivals to NSW by Local Health District (LHD) as at 1 Jan 2012 - 1 Aug 2016
Where are people coming from?
The table below shows the top fifteen countries of birth of humanitarian entrants in NSW. This does not include asylum seekers.
Table 2: Top fifteen countries of Birth of Humanitarian Entrants settling in NSW, 1 Jan 2006 – 1 Jan 2016
* Please note that country of birth does not necessarily denote country of origin. For example, the table indicates there is a number of people born in Lebanon, but these people are likely to be Syrian children born in Lebanon, not Lebanese nationals.
Source: Department of Social Services' (DSS) Settlement Reporting Facility. To compile your own statistical data on the refugee and humanitarian program by location, gender, age, language, education etc. see the Department of Social Services' Settlement Reporting Facility.
Note: The number of asylum seekers living in the community is not included. Detention statistics are provided periodically by the Department of Border Security which include the number of asylum seekers living in the community who had previously been detained.