Australia Increases Humanitarian Program Intake in Response to Global Crisis

In a recent announcement, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles, shared plans to expand Australia’s Humanitarian Program, increasing the annual intake from 17,875 to 20,000 individuals. This decision is a crucial step in addressing the ongoing global humanitarian crisis, which has left over 100 million people forcibly displaced and more than 2 million urgently seeking resettlement worldwide.


Australia’s Response to the Global Humanitarian Crisis

At a time when the world is grappling with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, Australia is reaffirming its commitment to global responsibility. The increased intake into the Humanitarian Program reflects Australia’s dedication to playing its part in providing refuge and support to those in dire need.


The Albanese Labor Government’s Compassionate Approach

Under the leadership of the Albanese Labor Government, Australia is delivering a humanitarian program that prioritizes certainty and security for refugees as they rebuild their lives within the country. This program recognizes the valuable contributions that refugees make to the Australian economy and society as they become part of our diverse and vibrant community.


Balancing Border Security and Compassion

Australia’s commitment to securing its borders remains steadfast. The Operation Sovereign Borders policy, a crucial element of Australia’s approach to border security, will remain unchanged. This means that individuals attempting unauthorized boat voyages to Australia will continue to face redirection to their point of departure, repatriation to their home country, or transfer to another nation.


Responsibility for Departure

While Australia extends its protection to those genuinely in need, non-citizens who do not meet the criteria for protection and have exhausted all avenues to remain in the country are expected to depart promptly. This approach underscores Australia’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of its immigration system while fulfilling its humanitarian obligations.



Minister Andrew Giles’ Perspective

Minister Andrew Giles emphasizes that the government’s responsibility extends far beyond the initial arrival of refugees. The increased intake into the Humanitarian Program signifies the government’s commitment to providing robust support to refugees, ensuring they are well-equipped to settle into Australia and rebuild their lives with certainty.


Giles states, “With more people displaced worldwide than ever before, the Albanese Labor Government is stepping up to play its part in the global resettlement effort in a responsible way. Refugees have provided an invaluable contribution to our country – from Awer Mabil to Anh Do, Tan Le to Frank Lowy.”


For more information please attend the official website of the Australian Department of Home Affairs here.


Expert Guidance for Your Migration Journey

Navigating Australia’s migration system can be complex, but you don’t have to go through it alone. NB Migration Law has a team of expert migration lawyers ready to guide you through the process. Whether you’re seeking refuge through the Humanitarian Program or pursuing other migration options, our experienced professionals will provide you with the support and knowledge you need to make informed decisions and successfully navigate the Australian migration landscape.


Australia’s decision to increase the Humanitarian Program intake demonstrates its commitment to global responsibility and compassion. The Albanese Labor Government’s approach seeks to balance border security with humanity, ensuring that those in need find refuge and support within Australia’s shores. As the world faces an ongoing humanitarian crisis, Australia stands as a beacon of hope and assistance, offering a helping hand to those who seek a better life.

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