In 1989 Australia established a Women at Risk visa in recognition of the priority given by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the protection of refugee women in particularly vulnerable situations. Since it was introduced, Australia has helped more than 13,000 women and their families to build a new life in Australia.
Currently, 12% of Australia’s annual refugee intake is dedicated to women who fall into the Woman at Risk (subclass 204) visa category.
Getting settled: women refugees in Australia (March 2013), includes an outline of the program, statistics, service responses to the needs of women at risk visa holders, and personal accounts from Australian women who were assisted to come to Australia through this program.
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