Let’s do our fair share for refugees
There are now three times as many displaced people as Australia’s total population. It’s the highest number in recorded history. But Australia’s aid budget has been cut several years in a row.
“Developed countries host only 16 percent of refugees globally,” Mwiyeria said. This leaves developing countries to host the remaining 84 percent.
Many people seek asylum in countries bordering conflict. Uganda, for example, has taken more refugees in the last three years than Australia has since WW11.
In 2016, the Australian Government helped to resettle 27,626 refugees. Australia ranked 16th overall. Yet this put us 18th on a per capita basis and 42nd relative to our Gross National Product (GDP).
We must do our part to give more people forced to flee their homes a fair go. That’s why we’re calling for an increase in Australia’s humanitarian intake to 42,000 people per year.
“The path forward for the treatment of refugees has to be community-driven,” said Tim Watts MP. “If we believe in universal rights, then we must do our fair share,” added Tim Costello.
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