Over 1.2 million people are in need of resettlement.
The international community continues to fail refugees and asylum seekers by refusing to share responsibility for displaced people.
The UN Refugee Agency has reported that over 1.2 million people are in need of resettlement.
This is a global issue that requires a holistic approach, in which governments work together in order to help the most vulnerable.
Recently, the Australian government announced that a further 12,000 humanitarian places would become available in response to the conflict in Syria and Iraq. 22,406 visas have been granted to displaced persons arriving from these countries over the last two years.
However, more needs to be done. First, Australia must find a humane alternative to detention centres. Second, more funding should be allocated to local services, such as job creation, housing, and healthcare.
We must band together and help the world’s most vulnerable with a humane, international response.
BA (UNSW), LLB (Macquarie University) – Student at law.