The first of 12,000 Syrian refugees to settle in Perth

AUSTRALIA is set to welcome the first family in our humanitarian intake of 12,000 Syrian refugees.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has confirmed, they are likely to arrive in the next 24 hours.

“This family has been through quite a deal to arrive here in Australia,” Mr Porter said.


He also confirmed the family of five was expected to be settled in Perth.

The announcement comes as Canberra admits the process of settlement could be delayed in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

A passport, found near the body of one attacker, carried the name of a Syrian refugee who reportedly arrived via Greece.

In a bid to weed out Islamic State fighters taking advantage of the humanitarian offering, Justice Minister Michael Keenan reassured Australians all 12,000 will be vetted “in the most thorough way”.

“The point about the refugees that we will take is that we will be completely and utterly in charge of that process, who we take and the time when we take them,” Mr Keenan said.



About 400 individuals in Australia remain under the watch of security agencies.