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M . e d i a R e l e a s e

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP Parliament House, Canberra A C T 2600

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Telephone: (02) 6277 7860 Facsimile: (02) 6273 4144

MPS 91/97

1997-98 HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM RESETTLEMENT FROM THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

An allocation of 4,155 places has been made in the 1997-98 Humanitarian Program for people from regions of the former Yugoslavia, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, announced today.

The allocation is out of a total Humanitarian Program of 12,000 places in 1997-98, including up to 10,000 offshore places and 2,000 onshore places.

"I had not announced this component of the Program previously, as I wished to consider first-hand the situation of people during my recent visit to the regions of the former Yugoslavia," Mr Ruddock said.

"My visit gave me an opportunity to consult extensively with government representatives, UNHCR and others in the region with knowledge and experience of local conditions."

"My decision reflects the fact that the former Yugoslavia remains a high priority in regional allocations for all components of the Humanitarian Program."

"Priority in allocating places continues to be given to people in mixed marriages and other vulnerable cases identified by UNHCR, such as war widows and people of mixed ethnic parentage, unable to return safely to their home areas."

The allocations for the regions of the former Yugoslavia in the 1997-98 Humanitarian Program are as follows:

Category 1996-97

Outcome

1997-98 A llocation

Refugee1 1,446 1,980

Special Humanitarian Program2 719 1,325

Special Assistance Category3 1,859 850

Total 4,024 4,155

1 for people outside their country of nationality or usual place of residence and who have suffered, or hold a well-founded fear of, persecution 2 for people outside their country of nationality or usual place of residence and who are subject to gross discrimination amounting to a substantial violation of human rights, with strong links to

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3 for people in particularly vulnerable situations overseas who have close family irrA u^rajia]sj'\\rF.A T T H

30 September 1997 MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

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Steve Ingram 06 277 7860

For other details on the 1997-98 Humanitarian Program see M PS 60/97

Information on Australian immigration matters is available through the Internet o n: http://www.immi.gov.au.

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