Know the people


I am Stephania. This is my story

The hammering on the door as gun-wielding militia came to arrest Stephania’s husband would change her life forever. Left behind with three young children, she had no choice but to flee her home and search for a better life.

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I am Mehdi. This is my story

After fleeing danger in Iran, Mehdi and his family spent 10 nightmarish days on a barely seaworthy boat. He knew it wasn’t safe, but felt it was their only option.

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Know the facts

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Fact 1:
It’s not a crime to arrive in Australia by boat without a visa and ask for protection

Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution in other countries. Under Australian law, it is not a crime to arrive without a visa and seek protection.

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Fact 2:
There isn’t a queue for asylum seekers and refugees seeking a safe haven

The UN resettlement system doesn’t operate by using a queue but prioritises cases based on need.

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Fact 3:
86% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries

The majority of asylum seekers and refugees live in their neighbouring countries. Australia receives just 1 per cent of the total new asylum seeker claims submitted around the world in a year.

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Do you know fact from fiction? Learn 13 facts you should know about asylum seekers and refugees.

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How does Red Cross help?

Red Cross works closely with refugees and asylum seekers, people like you and me, who are often facing the most vulnerable times of their lives.

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We work with people regardless of how they arrived in Australia or their immigration status.

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We offer group education and information to ease the transition into Australia.

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We provide financial, medical and material assistance to those at risk of poverty, malnutrition and social isolation.

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With 100 years of knowledge and expertise, and millions of supporters worldwide, we can reach people and places like nobody else.

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We help reconnect families and children who have been separated by war, disaster and migration.

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Attend 2015 events about people seeking asylum

Find out about hosting an event, or joining us on 28 July for a panel discussion on people seeking asylum.

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SBS: Go Back To Where You Came From

Red Cross has partnered with SBS to help the community learn more about what it takes to seek asylum and to create resources for schools.

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Reconnecting families separated by war, disaster or migration

Discover how Red Cross works to reconnect separated families in this interactive story.

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What’s it really like to seek asylum in Australia?

A special report by Australian Red Cross on asylum seeking in Australia.

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Asylum seekers and refugees around the world

Stories, information and news from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Syria: Fading hope of going home

An interview with the ICRC’s director of operations on the ongoing crisis in Syria.

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Book a school visit

Red Cross runs interactive programs for schools wanting to learn more about the real reasons why people seek asylum.

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What happens to people in immigration detention centres?

For over 20 years, Australian Red Cross has monitored conditions in immigration detention facilities to ensure people’s dignity, health and wellbeing.

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