While Europe remains the frontline for the unprecedented movement of people, millions more are suffering in refugee camps in nations bordering the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
This week the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton, will travel to Geneva for urgent discussions with the UNHCR and other partners.
The Australian government is considering what further significant contribution the country can make through its Humanitarian Programme to resettle those affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. The focus will be on families and women and children, especially of persecuted minorities, who have sought refuge in camps neighbouring Syria and Iraq.
Last financial year Australia settled more than 4,400 people from Syria and Iraq – accounting for 30 per cent of the 13,750 places under the Humanitarian Programme.
Vulnerable women and their dependents from Syria and Iraq have also been able to benefit from the more than 1,000 visas which have been granted under the Woman at Risk programme.
The Government is also considering further funding for humanitarian assistance to those seeking refuge in refugee camps. This will add to the $155 million already provided in response to the Syria crisis since 2011.