Inaccurate reporting on Australia's Offshore Humanitarian Programme

Inaccurate reporting on Australia’s Offshore Humanitarian Programme


Islamabad, February 21, 2013 (PPI-OT): Reporting in a newspaper article “2,500 Hazara families offered asylum” on 21 February 2013 is incorrect. Australia is sympathetic to communities affected by sectarian violence and acts of terrorism.

While Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Programme has been increased in 2012–2013, there are no new arrangements for particular ethnicities or people from a particular part of any country.

Australia is not introducing a new program to resettle Hazaras out of Pakistan. Australia’s ongoing resettlement program is only for refugees. Australia’s priority is to assist those refugees who are the most vulnerable.

Refugees, including Afghan Hazaras, wanting to be resettled in Australia must be recognised by UNHCR as meeting the criteria for refugee status. To be considered for resettlement, they must be among the most vulnerable.

Australia works closely with UNHCR in many countries around the world to identify refugees for resettlement. This includes in Pakistan.

UNHCR refers refugees to Australia where they have identified them as being in need of resettlement. Australia only considers refugees referred by UNHCR.

All Humanitarian visa applicants must satisfy the legal requirements for an Australian visa. There are no quotas for particular groups of people.

Further information on Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Program is available on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s website:

For more information, contact:
Australian High Commission
Constitution Ave and Isphani Rd,
Diplomatic Enclave No. 1, Sector G-5/4, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 835 5500
Fax: +9251 282 0112



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