Can the United Nations help to protect people seeking safety abroad if their homes and jobs are destroyed by prolonged drought, rising sea levels or other climate change-related phenomena in the same way as if they were displaced by war or human rights abuses? The short answer, today anyway, is no.
“The Sunny Side of Life”, beam the tourism ads for the Maldives, a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. That tagline has come true for one Palestinian refugee family, who found hope for their future on these islands after 10 months of life on the run. Last October, Ubaid*, 49, fled Syria with his wife and two little daughters. Continue reading
Speaking ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, UNHCR Regional Representative Richard Towle said that the arrival of asylum-seekers to Australia by boat, involving the tragic loss of many innocent lives at sea, “is a humanitarian challenge that requires, fundamentally, a principled and humanitarian response in line with Australia’s proud record of assisting those in need.” Continue reading