Join with Amnesty International and speak up for refugees’ rights
Instead of tackling one of the worst humanitarian emergencies of our time, our governments are closing their eyes and turning away. Instead of finding solutions, they’re letting fear and racism poison public debate. It’s time to take the refugee crisis personally. We cannot stand by in silence while people’s lives and futures are destroyed. No one seeking safety should have to risk death just to cross a border. Refugees fled bombs and persecution believing that other countries would respect their human rights, and offer them sanctuary. We cannot prove them wrong.
Amnesty International’s efforts
Refugees need safe passage, and protection through global solutions like resettlement. Over one million people reached Europe last year in fragile, overcrowded boats and paid smugglers thousands of dollars to risk their lives because they had no other option. With borders slammed shut, few can hope to reach another country safely and legally. No one should have to gamble their life on a dangerous journey to get the protection they’re entitled to, and governments could quite easily stop this happening.
Canada, for example, has opened its doors to 25,000 Syrian refugees since last November. Every single one reached their new home country in the only obvious way: by plane. They were able to do so because of a solution called resettlement.
Resettlement is a way of protecting the most vulnerable refugees of all – people who have been tortured, for example, or women at risk of abuse. If you’re forced to flee your home and escape to another country, you register with the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, and the local authorities. Using specific criteria, the UNHCR will identify whether you are especially vulnerable and urgently need protection in another country. Then you wait for a phone call that you might get one day, saying you can pack your bags and settle down in a third country.
Supporting Amnesty International
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How you can help
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