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Essentials of life - Asylum seekers/refugees

What I don't have

Similar to the general cohort, asylum seeker/refugee respondents reported foregoing many essential items because they were unable to afford them. They reported limited financial risk mitigation strategies (savings, insurances) and limited access to medical and dental care (Chart 32a).

Asylum seeker/refugee respondents also reported reduced living standards due to limited resources. Over 50 per cent (53%) were unable to afford cooling or heating in at least one room in their homes and 29 per cent reported a lack of warm bedding (Chart 32a).

Fifty per cent of respondents reported being unable to afford regular contact with other people, and almost 90 per cent (88%) were unable to afford presents for family or friends (Chart 32a).

chart 32 asylum seekers and/or refugees essentials of life

Children of asylum seekers/refugees - Going without

Although representing a much smaller cohort, the children of asylum seekers were also much more disadvantaged than the general cohort. For example, 74 per cent of parents were unable to afford a yearly dental check-up for their children (Chart 32b). 

Further, 47 per cent of respondents were unable to provide up to date school equipment for their children and over 30 per cent were unable to afford out of school activities (37%) or school activities and outings for their children (32%) (Chart 32b).

"Australia is very expensive. We don’t have enough money, my son is suffering from asthma, and we cannot look after him properly. Doctors, medical care and medications are very expensive. We have no relatives, no friends in Australia. We feel very lonely and isolated." - Respondent comment

Chart 32b. Children of asylum seeker refugee

Households with multiple deprivations

Results suggest that the level of multiple deprivations was more pronounced for the asylum seeker/refugee cohort compared to general cohort. All asylum seeker/refugee adults were doing without at least three items simultaneously, with 91 per cent were doing without over five items thus would be classified as living in severe deprivations (Chart 33a). This is compared to the general cohort, where 77 per cent are without over five essential items. Furthermore, all children within this cohort were reported to be without at least one essential item, while 11 per cent were reported to be deprived of all essential items (Chart 33b).

Chart 33a Asylum seekers and/or refugees household with multiple deprivations

Chart 33b. Asylum seeker refugee household deprivation