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Thursday, 14 February 2013
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Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Program

(Question No. 1298)


Ms Gambaro asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 26 November 2012:

In respect of Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHMs) in the UHM Program, would the Minister provide (a) the total number of UHMs in the program, and (b) the number of UHMs in the program broken down by state and territory, for the financial years (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10, (iv) 2010-11, (v) 2011-12, and (vi) 2012-13 (to date).


Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answers to the honourable member's question is:

(a) As at 31 October 2012, there were 977 clients in the Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor (UHM) Program.

(b) The table below details the number of UHMs in the Program as at 30 June of the respective year (wards and non-wards) broken down by state and territory. Figures for each year are higher than for the number of new entrants to the program for that year, as some UHMs are in the program for more than one year.

Financial Year (as at 30 June)

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

TOTAL

2007-08

1

28

0

142

92

0

266

8

537

2008-09

2

22

3

140

113

0

273

13

566

2009-10

3

42

3

161

119

0

376

40

744

2010-11

3

38

0

205

111

1

386

57

801

2011-12

2

49

0

221

102

1

356

80

811

2012-13*

2

70

0

264

139

1

413

88

977

* As at 31 October 2012