Where do those applying for refugee status in Australia come from? And how often are they successful with their initial claim?

By Ken Macleod
Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The data used to analyse asylum applications in the below charts is ‘first instance’ applications only.

‘First instance asylum applicants’ are people who have submitted an application for international protection for the first time. In measuring new inflows, first instance data is more accurate because an asylum seeker who appeals a negative decision on his/her asylum claim at the first instance may be counted in the data on appeal via the administrative review (provided he/she filed an appeal claim).

The first bar chart shows the total number of first instance asylum seeker applications to Australia, and beneath that, asylum seeker applications are charted by country of origin and listed in order of total first instance applications received between 2000 and 2014.