We need to reimagine the global refugee system, and Australia's role within it.
I'm searching the globe for better ways to treat people uprooted by war and crisis. I write about how governments, citizens and other actors can work together to welcome refugees into our communities.
Amir Targhinia is a refugee from Iran who was held on Manus Island for 5 years. Eventually he was sponsored by a Canadian family and now lives in Vancouver. We filmed this video sitting beside beautiful Trout Lake in Vancouver. It’s being used as part of Amnesty International’s #MyNewNeighbour campaign.
Over 40,000 Venezuelan asylum seekers have come across the border into Brazil since the start of the year. The army is now coordinating shelters for the asylum seekers, but it's a tough way to live and Brazil needs assistance. Here are some reflections from my visit to Boa Vista this month.
Maha Mamo is stateless. She was accepted by Brazil as a refugee, and is now on a pathway to becoming a Brazilian citizen. She is an ambassador for the UNHCR’s I Belong campaign to end statelessness, world wide.
Support the campaign: www.unhcr.org/ibelong
Hear Maha Mamo talk about her story as a stateless person. Maha and her sister and brother were welcomed to Brazil as refugees - but it's been a journey filled with tragedy. She is now on a pathway to becoming a Brazilian citizen. She is passionate about ending statelessness, world wide. Support the campaign: www.unhcr.org/ibelong
Find out more: www.makerefuge.org.
Brazil has an open policy for asylum seekers which Australia could learn from. Here are some reflections from Rio de Janeiro about Brazil’s asylum system.
Rose is from Haiti and she came to Brazil under a special humanitarian visa program. She is now a permanent resident and couldn't be more grateful! Here's a little interview with Rose standing outside Caminhos Language Centre in Rio de Janeiro, where she learnt Portuguese.
I'm in Seattle learning about some of the great work of the US corporate sector to welcome refugees. Founder and former CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, announced in January 2016 that the company would hire 10,000 refugees by 2020. Starbucks is now making it happen.