Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world – people come from over 200 different countries and speak over 300 different languages. It’s also a nation known worldwide for its sporting prowess in swimming, tennis, cricket and more.
Refugees are migrants admitted to Australia under the humanitarian program; people who are unable to live in their country of birth for reasons like war, famine and poverty. Migrants are those who have made a conscious choice to move countries to better their lives. Australia is home to refugees and migrants from all over the world.
Just under half the Australian population has one or more parents born overseas.
The combined Non-English speaking market in Sydney & Melbourne is 3.4 million people - more than the entire combined populations of WA & SA.
The top four countries of origin for migrants are the UK, New Zealand, China & Italy.
The top four places of origin for humanitarian refugees are Asia, the Middle East, South-West Asia & Africa.
Over the next twenty years, 50% of Australia’s population growth will be driven by migrant & refugee community immigration.
Many challenges face families arriving in Australia: learning a new language, separation from family and community back home, cultural differences, socio-economic struggles, understanding new health, employment and education systems and more.