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Refugees in Australia

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Know the people

Staphania, refugee in Australia.

I am Stephania. This is my story

The hammering on the door as gun-wielding militia came to arrest Stephania's husband would change her life forever. Left behind with three young children, she had no choice but to flee her home and search for a better life.

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Mendi, a refugee in Australia.

I am Mehdi. This is my story

After fleeing danger in Iran, Mehdi and his family spent 10 nightmarish days on a barely seaworthy boat. He knew it wasn't safe, but felt it was their only option

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Know the facts

Refugee mother and son.

Fact 1: It's not a crime to arrive in Australia by boat without a visa and ask for protection

Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution in other countries. Under Australian law, it is not a crime to arrive without a visa and seek protection.

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Young refugee.

Fact 2: There isn't a queue for asylum seekers and refugees seeking a safe haven

The UN resettlement system doesn't operate by using a queue but prioritises cases based on need.

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Refugee mother and daughter.

Fact: 3: 86% of the world's refugees are hosted by developing countries

The majority of asylum seekers and refugees live in their neighbouring countries. Australia receives just 1 per cent of the total new asylum seeker claims submitted around the world in a year.

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Do you know fact from fiction? Learn 13 facts you should know about asylum seekers and refugees.

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Donate and help Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Crisis

Help refugees, asylum seekers and their families suffering hardship, struggling without life's essentials or social supports in Australia.

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Refugee app on a smartphone.

Experience the journey

Walk in the shoes of a Somalian villager forced to leave their home, and make life-or-death decisions in our interactive app. And then I was a refugee app is compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 4.3 or later, or any Android device running most versions of Android.

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How does Red Cross help?

Red Cross works closely with asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, people like you and me, who are often facing the most vulnerable times of their lives.

  • We work with people regardless of how they arrived in Australia or their immigration status.

  • We offer group education and information to ease the transition into Australia

  • We help reconnect families and children who have been separated by war, disaster and migration.

  • We provide financial, medical and material assistance to those at risk of poverty, malnutrition and social isolation.

  • With 100 years of knowledge and expertise, and millions of supporters worldwide, we can reach people and places like nobody else.