Every minute, 24 people in the world are forced to move. More than half of them are children.

 

People don’t leave home lightly. Yet displacement is currently a reality for over 65 million people seeking safety – the highest number in recorded history.

Globally, one in every 113 people are forced to flee their homes because of issues such as conflict, persecution and political unrest, poverty, natural disasters and climate change. While some are displaced within their own country, others are forced to cross borders as refugees. And it’s the poorest countries that host 90 percent of refugees.

 

 

 

Global displaced community

3 x

Australia's population

2 x

the global number of refugees nearly doubled between 2005 and 2014

2 million

children in 10 years have died because of armed conflict

24 people

are displaced every minute

 

 

The need for overseas aid has never been greater yet Australia’s aid budget has been cut for several successive years. By increasing our overseas aid Australia can help developing countries to offer shelter, education, health services and access to work for refugees while still providing for the needs of their own population.

 

Alice’s refugee journey in East Africa

Midwife and single mother Alice is among millions of refugees who have been forced to leave their homes and flee from drought, war and famine in East Africa.

 

Australia can do its part by welcoming 42,000 people each year through its humanitarian intake. It would only be a small fraction of overall migration to Australia but would make a real difference to thousands of vulnerable people whose lives have been torn apart by conflict, persecution or disaster.

This is the biggest humanitarian challenge of our time.
How will Australia respond?

Dear Prime Minister,

More people are displaced right now than at any time in recorded history.

No one chooses to be displaced; leaving home is always a last resort. The government should raise its humanitarian intake to welcome 42,000 people every year.

This isn’t a political question: it’s a humanitarian necessity. These people are fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty. They want nothing more than to make a home in Australia and contribute to our society. Everyone has the right to live in peace.

Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right, yet thousands of human beings are still held in offshore detention centres, trapped in limbo. It's time put an end to offshore detention and give those people found to be refugees a chance to make a new home in Australia.

This is the biggest humanitarian challenge of our time and it is the poorest countries on earth that are impacted the most. 90 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries.

Australia should increase its aid to those developing countries so that they can provide shelter, education, health services and access to work for refugees, while still providing for the needs of its own population.

This is a global challenge and we all need to do our fair share to help.

Signed:

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