MYAN NSW (Multicultural Youth Affairs Network) has released the ‘NSW Youth Settlement Snapshot: A report on the data 2016-17’. This is a comprehensive report on youth settlement trends in NSW across the Humanitarian, Skilled and Family Migration programmes.

The report provides an overview of the settlement trends and basic demographic data, provided by the Department of Social Services (DSS), for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in NSW, with a focus on the period between 1 July, 2016 and 30 June, 2017. It also includes a brief overview of some of the issues facing young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds during the settlement process. These issues have been identified by MYAN NSW and the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN Australia) through its policy and advocacy work.

Further information can be found in the MYAN Australia’s Young people from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds resource. As well as providing the most recent quantitative data about young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds arriving in NSW, the report interprets the wider implications of this information for service provision and planning, policy making and sector development.

Key Report Findings:

  • Humanitarian youth arrivals more than doubled in 2016-17 and 44% of all young people arriving through the Humanitarian Programme settled in NSW.
  • 23% of the humanitarian arrivals to NSW were young people aged 12 to 25.
  • Young people arrived in NSW via 3 migration streams: Skilled programme (23%), Humanitarian Programme (36%) and Family Programme (41%).
  • Fairfield and Liverpool were the top settlement locations for young people arriving through the Humanitarian Programme.
  • Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Myanmar were the top 5 countries of birth for humanitarian youth arrivals. 

For more information and to access the report click here.