Future Directions for Community Sponsorship for Refugees in Australia



This project addresses one of the greatest inequities in the international protection regime: that 80 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosted by
developing countries. In 2018, the UN adopted the Global Compact on Refugees, which calls on Global North states to adopt initiatives that lead to greater international solidarity in providing durable solutions to refugees. One way in which civil society and states have worked together to provide better protection outcomes to refugees is through programs whereby individuals or community organisations in a developed state can sponsor refugees to come to their country and receive protection and settlement support.

Australia established such a scheme in 2017. The Community Support Program (CSP) allows individuals and community organisations to sponsor refugees to come to Australia.This project will be the first to examine the Community Sponsorhip Program's strengths and weaknesses and suggest reforms to improve the CSP and enable it to grow to become a more prominent aspect of Australia’s humanitarian program. This is crucial research in light of the UN Global Compact on Refugees, which encourages states to adopt and extend these types of programs.

This research is being undertaken as a team project with other leading refugee law academics in Australia.

Fields of research

International Law; Human Rights and Justice Issues

Project team

Dr Kate Ogg

Professor Susan Kneebone, University of Melbourne

Dr Anthea Vogl, University of Technology Sydney

Mr Khanh Hoang, University of New South Wales

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