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The Australian Government is turning its back on the world's refugees, locking in the recently reduced ‘ceiling’ of 13,750 places for the Refugee and Humanitarian Program.

There are approximately 80 million people displaced around the world today. 

Despite this, in 2020 the Australian Government reduced its intake of refugees through the Refugee and Humanitarian Program to its lowest level in decades, at just 13,750. Through the 2021-22 Federal budget this ‘ceiling’, which is a cap rather than a target, will be locked in until at least 2024-25. 

In contrast, countries such as the United States are now committing to resettling 125,000 refugees by the end of the next financial year.

Australia must commit to increasing the humanitarian refugee intake to 20,000 immediately and to at least 30,000 places annually within three years in line with global needs and Australia’s capacity. 

Australia must also ensure that the places allocated under the Community Sponsorship Program for Refugees are in addition to the annual humanitarian intake. Starting at 1000 places, the program should at least allow the community sponsorship of 10,000 refugees annually over five years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Our Petition
 
 
The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Home Affairs
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister Andrews,

In 2020 the Australian Government reduced its intake of refugees through the Refugee and Humanitarian Program to its lowest level in decades, at just 13,750.

This is despite the need for resettlement never being greater, with approximately 80 million people currently displaced around the world. 

Countries such as the United States are raising their intake of refugees in order to meet this urgent need. Australia must do the same. 

I call on you to commit to increasing the humanitarian refugee intake to 20,000 places immediately and to at least 30,000 places annually within three years; in line with global needs and Australia’s capacity. 

Australia must also ensure that the places allocated under the Community Sponsorship Program for Refugees are in addition to the annual humanitarian intake. Starting at 1000 places, the program should at least allow the community sponsorship of 10,000 refugees annually over five years.

Yours sincerely,