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How does it work if we #BringThemHere?

Emma Pearse & Angus McDonald:August, 2017

For many Australians, an understandable question is: how does bringing them here actually work in practice?

After four long years, there are no concrete solutions as yet provided by the government to resolve even a temporary future for 2000 detainees still brutally detained in offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru.

So what are the alternatives? The most obvious and least expensive option that complies with our aspiration to be a tolerant, caring society, is to bring these men, women and children here, to Australia. Genuine support and engagement is far more effective and compassionate than enforcement and detention. It is also much less expensive.

 
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Volunteering Overseas

Emma Pearse and Angus McDonald: September 2017

“Volunteers might be more ‘behind the scenes’ than activists, but their passion and dedication is just as vital in defending human rights.” — Amnesty International.

Volunteering is an increasingly popular and increasingly essential role to fill the holes left by governments. It's a way to understand issues more, to make a meaningful contribution and it's also a personal adventure.

Image by: Nolan Verheij

 
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The Current Migration Crisis – A brief history

Emma Pearse: August, 2017

The movement of displaced people is not a refugee crisis, it is a humanitarian crisis.

Currently, more than 65 million people across the globe are displaced from their homes as a result of conflict and persecution, the most ever in recorded history. That equates to one person in every 113 people on the planet being forced to leave home. Half of those people are children. Many of these people are on the move now, seeking safety elsewhere in the world in greater numbers even than during the years following World War II.

 
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What is Offshore Detention?

Emma Pearse: August 2017

Learn more about the Australian Federal Government's Offshore Detention policy.

Under Australia’s Offshore Detention policy, asylum seekers who arrive by boat are not permitted to stay in Australia while their claims are processed. Instead, they are transferred to two purpose-built Australian-government funded detention centres located outside Australian territory: one on Nauru, 1000 kms from mainland Australia and the other on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, 3000 kms away. Learn more about the Australian Federal Governement's policy.