UNHCR in Australia

Uploaded by ImmiTV on 12.03.2009

It’s a glowing endorsement of Australia’s settlement services.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres says Australia leads the
rest of the world.

You have found a country, Australia that is a country with an admirable tradition
of solidarity, and a resettlement program that is probably the most successful in the

Mr Guterres praising Australia during his guest of government visit in February.

It’s the first time the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has visited Australia since

It is very rewarding to be able to come to Australia in the moment in which the
asylum policy is changing in the right direction, it is improving.

It is important to recognise that Australia is a vibrant society that plays a remarkable

role in creating the conditions for refugee protection.

Mr Guterres meeting with refugee advocates, settlement service providers and community
groups across the country to hear first hand about how migrants are welcomed into

For him to get a sense of the sort of work that not
just our agency, but agencies in general perform in the area.

The visit is a chance for Australia to showcase its settlement success stories, and to
highlight this work to the rest of the world.

In many circumstances around the world countries
resettle refugees but I don’t think they put a whole package of services and programs
together in the way that Australia does.

Since the end of World War 2, more than 700 000 humanitarian entrants have settled in
Australia, and a further 13 500 people will arrive this financial year under the
Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s humanitarian program.

This history of positive resettlement particularly relevant in 2009, which commemorates
the 55th anniversary of Australia’s ratification of the Refugees Convention.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees helping to recognise this milestone in Melbourne,
along with hundreds of new Australians.

Refugees are here not only to take, they also give, and engaging
refugees to be part of the solution, and not always being seen as passive recipients is
very important.