Corinna Robbins for Mercy Corps
This year we watched Aleppo, Mosul and the refugee crisis unfold, but there are many other conflict stories that went untold.
At a time when the UN is calling for its largest ever humanitarian appeal to deal with crises like that in Syria -- and when the world is dealing with more displaced people than ever before -- Australia is just too far away from lifting its weight.
The simple truth is that the bipartisan race to deter and deny ‘irregular’ humanitarian migration has produced punitive policies that destroy lives and actively impede the integration and social acceptance of refugees in Australia. Our policies are costly indeed, in both fiscal and human terms -- and for all refugees.