We are facing the worst refugee safety crisis since World War two
68.5 million people are displaced - from their homes, their families, their schools, and more. Some will return. Some will never be safe back home. All of them deserve to be #SafeAndFree
What can Australia do?
There's two main ways for Australia to help refugees.
1) To welcome more vulnerable people to Australia.
We need to lift our refugee intake. Finding safety in Australia life-changing for people who have fled violence and persecution. Welcoming newcomers to Australia has enriched our communities for decades. Taking more people out of danger helps everyone.
2) Reaching more displaced people with a generous Australian Aid budget
85% of displaced people are in developing countries. It doesn't make sense for the poorest countries to have the largest share of responsibility for people fleeing violence: Australia should do our fair share to help.
We send Australian Aid to humanitarian crises. From wars to genocides, you're likely to find Australian Aid supporting victims. But we can do much more than we're doing now.
Six years of aid cuts mean there's not enough aid to meet the needs of vulnerable people. We need to restore the aid budget, and send more aid to where it's needed most.
What you can do
- Start a VGen group in your school, uni, church or faith community - sign up to VGen then email us to find out how. Get your friends together and start campaigning!
- Join #SafeAndFree here our campaign to ensure everyone has the right to be safe and free, no matter where they are.
- Tweet to your local candidates and ask them about their plan to help refugees find safety
- Come to the Young Visionaries Conference July 10-12 in Melbourne