More than 5,000 young people settled in Victoria between July 2016 and June 2017, 91% in the Greater Melbourne area and almost one in every ten settling in our rural and regional towns. Almost one third (31%) of these young people were settling under Australia’s humanitarian migration program, meaning they were coming from refugee or refugee-like situations around the world. These young people were born mostly in Syria and Iraq. The other two thirds of young people were settling permanently in Australia with family or on their own to pursue study and work. They came mostly from China and India, with a large number of young people arriving to settle with family from Afghanistan.
This CMY Youth Arrivals Fact Sheet and Infographic paint an important picture of the changing face of Victoria’s newly arrived migrant and refugee youth population. This information provides services and workers, as well as those developing and planning future programs for young Victorians to understand how this population group are changing. This also provides communities with greater insight into who their newest members are.