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Government announcement on offshore detention must end damaging regime

Responding to the Australian Government’s announcement of a refugee resettlement deal with the United States: Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor Dr Nicole Bieske said: “The announcement from the government today to resettle people from Nauru must bring to an end Australia’s damaging offshore processing regime. “Oxfam is concerned that the agreement does not end the […]

‘We just came from the dead’ – number of families fleeing Mosul triples

Iraqi families are suffering appalling injuries and traumas to escape the fighting in Mosul, as the number of people fleeing more than triples in the space of a week. Oxfam and other humanitarian agencies are working to ensure that the support offered in camps and communities keeps pace with the number of new arrivals. One […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m of aid to support Mosul’s civilians

Oxfam welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in life-saving support for Mosul’s civilians, as fighting in the city intensifies. The humanitarian organisation further urges the Australian Government to do what it can to advocate for the protection for civilians fleeing fighting, as Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces, supported by the Coalition, […]

Hurricane Matthew: International aid needed in Haiti to prevent more loss of life

Food, shelter and clean water are needed urgently by people in southern Haiti following the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last week. Oxfam fears that the current death toll of at least 800 will increase further. The international community must act immediately to mitigate the loss of entire harvests and to counter any possible spikes […]

Ferocious Hurricane Matthew tears through Caribbean, Oxfam responding

As the scale of devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean becomes apparent today, Oxfam staff in Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are preparing to do needs assessments and to respond if requested. Oxfam’s spokesman in the Haitian capital Port au Prince, Jean Claude Fignole, reported heavy rain, very strong winds and flooding. […]

Hunger stalks north-eastern Nigeria as millions of people face severe hunger

The ongoing conflict with Boko Haram in West Africa has pushed the number of people facing the threat of severe hunger to more than 6 million according to the latest assessments, say 15 humanitarian organisations. The warning comes as governments and donors meet to talk about the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region […]

Australian Government’s increase to funding welcome but refugee intake doesn’t go far enough

Oxfam has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement in New York of further funding for refugees globally, but is concerned the increase to Australia’s humanitarian intake has not risen. Oxfam’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke is disappointed there is no actual increase to Australia’s humanitarian intake. “Tony Abbott announced this increase from 13,750 to 18,750 refugees […]

Government must show leadership on migration and stop grandstanding: Oxfam

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has persisted in spruiking a migration program at the United Nations summit in New York that traumatises and harms vulnerable asylum seekers and migrants, is extremely costly and is increasingly unpopular with the Australian public. Oxfam’s Chief Executive Helen Szoke said rather than wasting time and grandstanding about the benefits of […]

Aid and human rights agencies condemn slow pace on 12,000 refugees promise

The nation’s leading humanitarian and human rights organisations are calling on the Australian Government to resettle the promised 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq by the first quarter of 2017. It’s a year today since the Government made the pledge to grant an additional 12,000 Syrians and Iraqis a permanent visa in response to an […]

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