Calls on Australia to take in 20,000 MORE Afghan refugees – similar to numbers taken in by Canada and the UK – with desperate families ‘left for dead’
- Tens of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan want to settle abroad
- Australia has pledged to take in 3,000 or maybe 5,000 Afghan people
- But charities, churches and activists are calling on Australia for 20,000. to accept
Activists have called on the federal government to increase the influx of refugees from Afghanistan into Australia.
A small group gathered in Brisbane on Sunday and campaigned for permanent visas for all Afghan asylum seekers and refugees, and an end to the ban on refugees from Indonesia.
About 122,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the Taliban recaptured the capital Kabul in August.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised that 3,000 places will be allocated to Afghan refugees in Australia’s humanitarian migration program this fiscal year, but has rejected calls for an additional inclusion.
However, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke recently indicated that the federal government’s initial commitment could be as high as 5,000 people.
The UK and Canada have pledged to provide a safe haven for 20,000 refugees seeking to escape the new regime, while Australia has accepted 3,000 so far (photo, refugees in Kabul)
About 122,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the Taliban recaptured the capital Kabul in August (picture shows Australian evacuees returning from Kabul)
The Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), along with churches and human rights groups, has called for a special rapture of at least 20,000 people.
The UK and Canada have pledged to provide a safe haven for 20,000 refugees seeking to escape the new regime.
Hassan Ghoulam, elder of the Hazara community, spoke at the meeting and said Australia has a special responsibility to take in Afghan refugees given its role in the conflict.
“Australia must compensate for this decision they have made,” he said.
‘We should do much more than just 5000 (people) even.’
The Taliban go from house to house, picking people up in the middle of the night and disappearing, he said, and Australia’s reluctance to increase intake is causing families to die.
“People in Afghanistan are just as important as any other life.”
On Sunday 19 September there will be a demonstration for Afghan women in Brisbane. More interstate demonstrations are planned once the lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne are lifted.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged to allocate 3,000 places to Afghan refugees in Australia’s humanitarian migration program this fiscal year, but has rejected calls for an additional admission (pictured, a displaced family in Kabul)