Emergency intake of Rohingya refugees from MyanmarThere is deep concern about the crisis in Myanmar, and the unprecedented levels of forcible displacement we are seeing.
In the last few weeks, we have been hearing reports of the persecution of the Rohingya people in Rakhine State. Satellite imagery from Human Rights Watch shows several hundred buildings burned, destruction total villages. More than 160,000 people have fled their homes and aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian crisis.
In light of this emergency, the Greens are calling for a further 20,000 permanent humanitarian visas for Rohingya refugees this year and emergency funding of $150 million for the UNHCR, who are currently struggling with a major funding shortfall as a result of the scale of humanitarian need.
This crisis requires a committed response from Australia. Together, we can show leadership and compassion.