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Australian Government must help bring more families together: Oxfam

Oxfam Australia is calling on the Australian Government to help bring more families together by creating a new family reunion visa stream for refugees, as global leaders gather in Geneva for the inaugural Global Refugee Forum. The human rights organisation is also urging the Government to increase its overall humanitarian intake from a disproportionately low […]

People seeking protection in Greece denied a fair asylum process

Only one in five people seeking asylum in Greece has access to a state-appointed lawyer and on Greek islands only 2 out of 100 appeal cases get access to legal aid, a report by Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) revealed today. The new report, ‘No-rights zone’, has exposed that people who seek […]

Climate fuelled disasters forcing more than 20 million people a year from their homes

Climate fuelled disasters were the number one driver of displacement within countries over the last decade, forcing more than 20 million people to leave their homes each year, Oxfam said today. The contentious issue of financial support for communities that have suffered loss and damage as a result of the climate crisis, including people who […]

Oxfam welcomes Government promises of better support for refugees

Responding to Immigration Minister David Coleman’s announcement the Government has accepted fully or in part all seven recommendations of the Shergold Review into Australia’s integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to better support the settlement of refugees in Australia, in response […]

More than 52 million people across Africa going hungry as weather extremes hit the continent

More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict. Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981. In […]

Death toll in Yemen conflict surpasses 100,000, Oxfam calls for halt to arms sales

Today the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) announced that the number of reported fatalities in Yemen since 2015 has passed 100,000. This includes over 12,000 civilians killed in direct attacks, ACLED said. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “This is further proof of the mindless destruction and injustice of the […]

Chilean Government cancels UN Climate Summit – Oxfam reaction

Responding to the decision by the Government of Chile not to host the UN Climate Change Summit in December 2019 following weeks of social unrest, Asier Hernando, Deputy Director of Oxfam in Latin America and the Caribbean said: “Oxfam supports the right of the Chilean people to peaceful protest, and their right to demand that […]

Green Climate Fund short-changed by rich, polluting countries – Oxfam

Rich, polluting countries such as Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States are short-changing poor countries of billions of dollars that they need to cut emissions and adapt to the climate crisis, Oxfam said today. The two-day pledging conference to the Green Climate Fund begins in Paris today (Thursday). To date, developed countries have […]

15 million Yemenis see water supplies cut amid fuel crisis

Water supplies have been cut to 15 million people in Yemen because of a fuel crisis, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera, analysis by aid agencies, including Oxfam, has shown. Eleven million people relying on water supplied by piped networks and four million people who depend on water trucked in by private […]

Opinion: Unsung heroes tackling indigenous disadvantage

Opinion piece first published by the Herald Sun newspaper on 16 October 2019: Despite the disadvantages faced by too many of the First Peoples of Australia, we have organised ourselves on a vast scale to improve the wellbeing of our people and communities across our country. This includes creating more than 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres […]

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