We are lobbying the Australian government to increase visa places for
Burmese refugees in Thailand, especially Karen refugees.
We are also lobbying the Australian government to increase the annual
humanitarian intake to 20,000 places a year.
is ongoing conflict throughout Burma. Every day villagers in Burma are killed or injured by
landmines. War, torture, rape, forced labour, land confiscation, and
ethnic cleansing force refugees to flee every day.
There is no likelihood the 150,000 Burmese refugees in Thailand will be able to
return home in safety in the foreseeable future.
We are asking the Australian government to bring more refugees to
Australia from Thailand.
Refugees from Burma have a good record in Australia: they learn
English, get jobs quickly, and integrate into the Australian
We are making four requests to the Australian government:
- Give refugee visas to two thousand refugees in camps on the
Thai-Burma border (up from one thousand visas each year).
- Ensure the different ethnic and religious groups in refugee
camps are fairly and equitably represented in the refugee program.
- Work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to stamp out corruption and religious
discrimination in the refugee process.
- Support refugees in Australia to learn English quickly, get paid
work quickly, and integrate into the wider Australian community.
You can support our campaign by writing a letter or sending an email
to the Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton -
Does your church community include Karen refugees? Write a letter
and ask your church pastor, deacons, and members of the congregation to sign
it. You can download an example letter
We support the call by the Refugee Council of Australia for the
Australian government to increase the number of refugees coming to
Australia each year.
Photo: Karen Human Rights Group. Karen refugees from Burma cross the border
into Thailand to escape a Burmese Army offensive.