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Information on how to help people in Afghanistan

The Refugee Council of Australia stands in solidarity with the Afghan community at this time of crisis and is advocating for the Australian Government to take urgent action and do more to provide safety and leadership.

Help for people with family members in Afghanistan

The Australian Government announced that an initial 3,000 humanitarian places will be allocated to Afghan nationals within Australia’s annual program. The Department of Home Affairs has an Afghanistan Update page, which includes:

If you need assistance and advice in making applications to bring family members, you can contact the following community legal centres:

The Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) has also launched an Afghan Crisis Helpline for Afghan nationals in Australia, Iran or Afghanistan. APNOR can provide emergency support items, link you with mental health counsellors and refer you for pro bono legal support. Call (+61) 1800 855 707.

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), PILnet, the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) and AMERA International have also launched a series of legal information sheets in English and Dari for Afghans seeking legal assistance in or relocation to a number of countries.

If you have lost contact with your family members in Afghanistan, contact:

Take action on Afghanistan

Please email your MP now calling on them to support seven practical steps the Australian Government can take to provide safety for people from Afghanistan. You can use this form to send an email to your MP here.

Add your name to Action for Afghanistan’s open letter to the Australian government, calling for increased protection of Afghan people at serious risk.

Other ways members of the public can help

If you would like to support the Afghan community you can:

Mental health support

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