Working with Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors

An Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor (UHM) is a young person under the age of 18, who has arrived in Australia, without their parents and/or a relative 21 years or older, on a Protection, Refugee or other Humanitarian Visa.

Many refugee children and young people have been exposed to traumatic events during their lifetime. They have had to leave behind their home, family and loved ones. Their past experiences can make settlement in Australia very challenging. For more information on these challenges see the Client Experience webpage on this site.

These young individuals come to Australia to seek refuge from persecution in their own countries. Many have lived their lives in fear, danger and hiding. They come to Australia with a desire to live freely in a country where they feel safe and protected.

For these young people, their journey to Australia can take many years. In some cases, individuals walk from their homelands to seek refuge in a near-by country. They often live many years in refugee camps.

The majority of unaccompanied refugee children in Victoria are of Afghan, Burmese, Liberian and Sudanese origins. For a list of other countries of origin, see the Refugee statistics webpage on this site.

  • Refugee statistics

A child’s journey does not end when they reach Australia. When they arrive, they must start a new journey to recover and begin a new life.

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