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Emergency relief for vulnerable migrants

We have grave concerns for those asylum seekers who have lost basic assistance following changes to their visa conditions.

We have expanded our emergency relief assistance for people affected by these changes to ensure they are not left destitute.

You can help today with a tax-deductible donation.

Our emergency relief

We provide financial and material assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Australia who are suffering financial hardship and are not eligible for other support.

We help to meet the most urgent needs through:

  • food packages for families who might otherwise go hungry
  • household goods, groceries and transport vouchers
  • healthcare and essential medicines
  • social and community activities to maintain people's wellbeing

Each year we help over 2,000 people in this way. Many of them have experienced torture and trauma, speak little or no English, and live with fear and uncertainty about the future.

Our emergency relief assistance is funded solely by public donations and private grants to Red Cross. We need your help to keep it going.


Photo: Australian Red Cross/Rodney Dekker

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Vulnerability Report


The Vulnerability Report provides rare insights into the day-to-day realities of people seeking asylum. Read the report »