A possie in Aussie

June 20, 2009

From those who have little, much is asked

Today is World Refugee Day.

In a statement to mark the day, Refugee Council CEO Paul Power said:

“Australia’s geography and its restrictive visa policies mean that the numbers of asylum seekers reaching this country are small in global terms.

“Given that the great majority of the world’s refugees seek asylum in countries within their immediate neighbourhood, a strong commitment by Australia to refugee resettlement is highly appropriate.

“There is a strong need for Australia to continue to advocate for other nations to increase their commitment to refugee resettlement.  In 2008, just 0.8% of the world’s refugees were resettled.

“These figures put recent debates about asylum seekers arriving by boat in perspective, showing that people movements to Australia are tiny in global terms.

2008 Global Trends, UNHCR

2008 Global Trends, UNHCR

World Refugee Report 2009 USCRI

World Refugee Report 2009 USCRI

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