2017 and 2016
UNHCR appeals for support to address refugee resettlement needs in Africa
The vast unmet need for refugee resettlement from Africa and the opportunities for communities to engage in the sponsorship of refugees were two of the key themes discussed when representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), governments and NGOs from resettlement states and other inter-governmental bodies gathered in Geneva for the 2017 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR).
Representation at ATCR
Organised by UNHCR, the Government of New Zealand and NZ Red Cross, the 2017 ATCR took place on 12-14 June. It brought together representatives of 32 nations involved in resettlement, including 82 representatives of 28 governments and 74 NGO delegates from 23 countries, one refugee representative, 99 UNHCR staff, 13 staff of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and 6 representatives of the European Union and the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees. The Australian Government was represented by three officials of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection while the Australian NGO representatives present were from Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA), AMES Australia, Settlement Services International (SSI), Victorian Foundation of Survivors of Torture (VFST) and Amnesty International Australia. Arash Bordbar, a Sydney-based engineering student who was resettled two years ago as an Iranian refugee from Malaysia, was Australia’s refugee representative. The practice of making up to five places available at the dialogue for designated refugee representatives was introduced when Australia chaired the dialogue in 2012 but, for the third time in six years, Australia was the only country to send a refugee representative. Arash was active throughout the dialogue, highlighting the needs of young refugees, protection concerns in Asia and challenging delegates about their use of words which dehumanise refugees, including “burdens”, “resettlement pipelines” and “beneficiaries”.
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