As at 30 June 2022 there were 32.5 million refugees in the world.
There is a critical global need for complementary pathways – or safe and regulated avenues for persons in need of international protection that provide for a lawful stay in a third country where they will be protected.
Refugees and others in humanitarian need have skills, educational and employment aspirations, and families in Australia that make complementary pathways relevant.
Australia has or is piloting a range of initiatives that could (potentially) be considered complementary pathways for refugees. In partnership with the Refugee Council of Australia, Talent Beyond Boundaries, the Refugee Education Special Interest group, the Settlement Council of Australia, CRSA developed the following policy principles.
To unlock complementary pathways for refugees and ensure consistency across existing and future pathways, the following principles should underlie policy and program design:
- A coherent national approach
- Supported settlement and a safety net