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A refugee crisis is a global emergency and has reached a crisis point where every state has an obligation to take in the most vulnerable, the report said.
But the Abbott Government has repeatedly rejected calls for states to accept more refugees, citing their own border security and public safety concerns.
“This is a humanitarian crisis, it’s a refugee crisis, and there is no such thing as a border,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said at the start of the year, before announcing a moratorium on asylum seekers.
“And what we need to do is make sure we get that border back and that our border is secure and that we’re able to manage that.”
The report, issued by the International Rescue Committee, found that Australia has accepted less than half the number of refugees that have been admitted since its implementation of the Refugee Convention.
The Government’s “precise figures” were not released but the UNHCR said it had reported that the number had dropped by more than 60 per cent.
“Australia’s record of welcoming asylum seekers in excess of its commitment under the Refugee Act is far from good,” the report stated.
“The Government’s record on asylum is also dismal.”
The UNHCR warned that Australia was now “unable to ensure adequate resettlement and to adequately deal with the current refugee influx”.
“While Australia has a long and proud history of welcoming refugees, it is a far cry from the commitment that has been made,” the agency said.
“If Australia continues to ignore its obligations under the international refugee convention and fails to provide a safe and orderly process, it will risk losing the very people who are most needed to protect the lives of the most desperately vulnerable in our community.”
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that Australia’s refugee resettlement targets were “inadequate”, and that the Government’s commitment to accepting more refugees was “poorly executed”.
“Australia has made no effort to provide adequate resettlement opportunities to asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia,” UNHCR Australia’s chief executive, Karen Lewis, said in a statement.
“We also find it worrying that there has been no effort made by the Government to address the need for refugees in the camps.”
Ms Lewis said the Government should immediately implement the recommendations of the UNHCR report, and commit to making a commitment to resettle all refugees in Australia.
“For the next five years, Australia should increase the number and capacity of centres to house refugees and to provide resettlements, so that asylum seekers are able to find jobs and a better life in Australia.”
The Abbott Government responded to the report by saying it had already made a commitment that all asylum seekers will be resettled in a resettlement centre.
“These are the numbers that we are committed to.
These are the targets,” Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison said on Friday.
“What we need now is a real plan, a plan to get there.”
A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Tony Burke, said that the numbers were “overstated” and that Australia would only receive 10,000 refugees.
“Our refugee intake is about 10,400 per annum,” he said.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly dismissed calls to resettle more refugees.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Mr Burke said the Department had met its target of resettling 10,700 refugees, which was “well below the UNHCR’s estimate of the actual number”.
“We have been very clear that we will be a country that accepts refugees,” he told the ABC.
In the report, the UNHCR also criticised the Government for failing to protect its borders, which it said were being “overcrowded” by asylum seekers, including children. “
So it’s really about our commitment to do it.”
In the report, the UNHCR also criticised the Government for failing to protect its borders, which it said were being “overcrowded” by asylum seekers, including children.
“There is evidence that children are being sent to Australia from places that do not appear to be safe and have been in overcrowded refugee camps for more than a year,” the UNHCR concluded.
The Government has previously rejected calls to take more refugees from the country. “
While the Government is working to address these problems, it must ensure that the safety and wellbeing of the vulnerable children who are being relocated to these areas is not compromised.”
The Government has previously rejected calls to take more refugees from the country.
The Refugee Convention is the international agreement which defines what countries are allowed to accept.
The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and several European countries have ratified the treaty, which is designed to prevent people fleeing persecution or war, or who are at significant risk of torture and/or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
It is also known as the Rome Statute.
Australia has ratified the convention, but only after the United States and Canada, which have the largest refugee populations, failed to.
In the wake of the 2015 Sydney siege, the Government began to review the current asylum seeker processing system, which had led to the deaths