There are renewed calls for Australia to increase its Afghanistan refugee intake to 20,000, amid fears tens of thousands of Afghans at risk of persecution stand to be rejected. Source: SBS News.
Afghan-Australians are concerned loved ones whose lives are in danger in Afghanistan will be rejected from Australia’s special refugee visa allocation because the program has been overwhelmed by demand.
More than 100,000 people have applied for 3000 spots allocated so far in Australia’s refugee intake of Afghans fleeing the Taliban takeover.
Officials from the Department of Home Affairs have confirmed it has received 26,000 applications in just the past seven weeks from those seeking to get people out of Afghanistan.
That’s led to concerns tens of thousands of people will be rejected, including those with valid fears of persecution.
Afghan community representatives and refugee advocates are calling for the allocation to be raised to 20,000 – in line with pledges from other nations. Canada recently doubled its intake to 40,000.
In August and September, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia also urged the Morrison Government to increase the humanitarian intake of Afghan to 20,000.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was unavailable for comment yesterday, but the Government has stressed the current annual allocation is a floor not a ceiling and expects the 3000 figure to be increased.
Afghan-Australians fear families in danger will be rejected for humanitarian visas (By Rashida Yosufzai, SBS News)
Increase Afghan intake, Archbishop Coleridge urges PM (ACBC Media Blog)