The greatest humanitarian challenge of our time
Right now, more than 65 million people around the world, including children, are displaced from their homes. They’re fleeing famine, war, climate change or disaster. Some are displaced within their own country, while others are forced to cross borders and become refugees. There are more displaced people now than at any other time in human history.
Our Chief Advocate Tim Costello spoke at the Walk Together event in Sydney, calling for Australia to welcome more displaced people into our communities.
“We are celebrating in Walk Together who we are,” he said. “We have been an immigrant nation and yet we have this strange uncertainty and ambivalence toward immigration and particularly refugees.”
Currently, developing countries host 90 percent of the world’s refugees.
World Vision is calling for an increase in Australia’s humanitarian intake to 42,000 people per year. This would only represent a small fraction of overall migration to Australia, but would better reflect our ability to provide a fair go as a wealthy, industrialised nation.
“We are an immigrant nation that must walk together ...,” Tim said.