Kosovan Australian

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Kosovar Australian
Regions with significant populations
Sydney, Melbourne
Australian English, Serbian.
Related ethnic groups
Serbian Australian

Kosovar Australian are a national minority in Australia of people born in Kosovo or with Kosovar-Serbian ancestry. The 2006 Australian census did not record figures of people born in Kosovo[1] or of Kosovar ancestry.[2]

On 12 May 1999, the first 200 ethnic Serbian refugees from Kosovo arrived in Tasmania. They were housed initially at the Brighton Military Barracks (renamed the Tasmanian Peace Haven).[3] At the height of the conflict in Kosovo in 1999, 4,000 Kosovo Serbian refugees who had been driven out of their homes by KLA and had been in refugee camps, were flown to safe havens dotted around Australia. However, most were forced to return when their temporary visas expired.[4][5] In response to the request for help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Australia developed a new category of visa: the Safe Haven visa, it did not allow for the possibility of permanent residency in Australia for the refugees.[6] The visas allowed the Kosovars special entry to Australia – for an initial period of three months – which could be extended until it became safe for them to return home.[7] In July 1999, the UNHCR assessed the situation in Kosovo as being secure enough for most of the Kosovar evacuees to return home. Australia immediately began arranging for the return of the Kosovars. After repatriation approximately 500 Kosovars remained initially 200 were granted visas, other than the "safe haven visa" on various grounds.[6]

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  1. ^ "20680-Country of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  Total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  2. ^ "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  Total responses: 25,451,383 for total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  3. ^ "1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 13 September 2002. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Kosovo family seeks safety in Australia". The 7.30 Report (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 30 October 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  5. ^ Vicary, Dave; Grey Searle; Henry Andrews (2000). "Assessment and Intervention with Kosovar Refugees". The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 2000-2. ISSN: 1174-4707. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  6. ^ a b King, Jackie (2003). "Australia and Canada compared: the reaction to the Kosovar crisis". Australian Journal of Human Rights 9 (2). Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Operation Safe Haven". DIMA Annual Report 1998-99. Department of Immigration and Citizenship. 1999. Retrieved 2008-06-02.