Since March 2011 the conflict in Syria has created a humanitarian crisis that has seen over 5 million people fleeing the country.
In September 2015, the Australian Government announced 12,000 additional places in its humanitarian visa program for people displaced by the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
More information about the Australian Government’s response to the Syrian crisis is available here.
Many refugees from Syria have been exposed to a range of life changing and traumatic experiences such as the loss of loved ones, separation from home, family and community, uncertainty about the future, witnessing and/or being subject to violence and torture, gender based violence and disruption to education. These experiences can all have a dramatic impact on both psychological and physical wellbeing.