Did you know that of the more than 4,000 youth arrivals to Melbourne last year, almost one in five settled in Hume?
More than 5,000 young people settled in Victoria between July 2016 and June 2017, with 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.
CMY’s latest 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.
Important note: The information presented here is derived from statistics collated by the Department of Social Services (DSS) based on the records of people arriving in Australia under the Migration Programme as at 25 October 2017. Statistics have been sourced directly from the Department of Social Services via the online Settlement Reporting Facility (SRF), which primarily uses on-arrival data supplemented by data from the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), Medicare and other relevant sources. This data is subject to a number of caveats that should be considered when reviewing this information. Additionally, young people can be very mobile and the data reported in this information sheet needs to be seen as indicative.