Mortality in humanitarian entrants born in Afghanistan

In the period 2007–2020, there were 156 deaths among Afghan humanitarian entrants – a rate of 81 deaths per 100,000 person years. Males accounted for 53% of all deaths and females accounted for 47% of deaths.

When standardised for age, the all-cause mortality rate among Afghan humanitarian entrants was lower than the rest of the Australian population (275 deaths per 100,000 person years and 550 per 100,000 person years respectively). 

The leading cause of death in Afghan humanitarian entrants was land transport accidents (7.3 deaths per 100,000 person years) followed by coronary heart disease (6.2 deaths per 100,000 person years).

Identifying land transport accidents as a leading cause of death in this population highlights the importance of culturally sensitive driving programs such as Afghan Women’s Driving Program, and the Southern Migrant and Refugee centre Driving Program.


Person-Level Integrated Data Asset (PLIDA), 2021, PLIDA Modular Product, ABS DataLab. Findings based on use of PLIDA data.