Tag: Refugees

Accepting more refugees good for Australian economy and society – report

Lifting Australia’s humanitarian intake will increase the Australian economy by $37.7 billion in today’s dollars over the next 50 years, according to an Oxfam report that backs the push to make it easier for refugees and humanitarian migrants in Australia to reunite with their families. Oxfam’s report, Stronger Together: The impact of family separation on […]

Australia must halt arms exports to UAE and Saudi Arabia

In response to ABC Investigations’ findings that Australian arms are being sold to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – both countries accused of human rights violations and even war crimes in the conflict in Yemen – Oxfam Australia’s Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “Shocking numbers of civilians continue to be killed […]

Education, income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities

In a statement issued today, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision called on international governments to generously fund the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis. While the agencies applaud the ambitious new JRP—an appeal for US$ 920.5 million to assist 1.25 million people, including 909,000 Rohingya refugees and 336,000 host community members—they […]

Oxfam comment on Rohingya Refugee Returns announcement

Commenting on reports today that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar will begin in mid-November, Oxfam’s head of regional advocacy for the Rohingya crisis, Rachael Reilly said from Yangon, Myanmar: “It is deeply concerning that Rohingya people may be sent back to Myanmar to face the same persecution they fled. “Refugees in […]

Oxfam calls for urgent action to get Kids Off Nauru

Responding to reports that proposed legislation would allow children and families detained on Nauru to be transferred to New Zealand, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the news 11 children were removed from Nauru earlier this week, and welcomes the attention from politicians on the remaining children […]

August the bloodiest month for civilians in Yemen – Oxfam

August has been the bloodiest month this year for civilians in Yemen, with 300 children killed among almost 1000 civilian casualties. This is due to a combination of the warring parties’ reckless disregard for civilian lives and the failure of their political backers to offer any action to prevent the carnage, Oxfam said today. The […]

Thousands of Syrians out of reach of aid – Oxfam

Thousands of Syrians forced from their homes due to the recent fighting in Dar’a Province in southern Syria are unable to get the help they desperately need, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Amid scorching summer temperatures, families need shelter, water, food and medical care but access for humanitarian agencies is limited and not enough […]

Rohingya refugees unprepared as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue – Oxfam

The monsoon rains falling on the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh, have caused over 130 landslides, damaged 3,300 shelters and affected 28,000 refugees, Oxfam said today. A survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh carried out by Oxfam before the start of the monsoon season found that more than half were almost completely […]

Oxfam voices serious concerns on Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill

Appearing today before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security supplementary public consultation on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, Oxfam Australia’s Public Policy and Advocacy Manager Rachel Ball said: “Advocating to the Government and public is an important part of Oxfam’s work in empowering communities and tackling poverty, and without significant amendments we […]

The Rohingya’s harsh reality is getting harsher

First published in The Herald Sun newspaper on 21 May 2018 The impending monsoon rains are bearing down on the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and there’s no getting around it – it’s going to be a really tough time. I’ve just returned to Melbourne from three weeks working for Oxfam’s Rohingya crisis response team. […]

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