There are many myths and misconceptions about asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Are they illegal immigrants or queue jumpers? Do they receive extra social security benefits? The following factsheets offer some insights into some of the issues that are central to the public debate about immigration, refugees and asylum seekers.
A refugee who has permanent residency in Australia receives exactly the same social security benefits as any Australian-born person in the same circumstances.
Compared to other refugee-hosting countries, Australia receives a very small number of asylum applications.
Asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are neither engaging in illegal activity, nor are they immigrants