Emergency resettlement: From one Saudi teen to millions of Syrian refugees
Location: Allens, Level 28, Deutsche Bank Building, Corner Hunter and Phillip St, Sydney
Saudi teen Rahaf al Qunun captured world attention when she barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room and claimed asylum. Within days, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) had determined she was a refugee and Canada rapidly offered to resettle her.
Between 2015 and 2017, Australia resettled a ‘special intake’ of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees. This was a different, but no less important, emergency resettlement response to pressing humanitarian needs.
Both these cases show how countries can help refugees in urgent need of protection, thereby demonstrating international solidarity and responsibility-sharing.
But how, why and when do governments decide to offer resettlement – and to whom?
Join our expert panel discussion to find out more.
- Sophie McNeill, the ABC journalist who interviewed Rahaf al Qunun in her hotel room and just days after her arrival in Canada
- Khanh Hoang, a UNHCR Senior Protection Assistant with unique insights into how resettlement options work
- Dr Claire Higgins, a Senior Research Associate at the Kaldor Centre, with expertise on Australia’s special humanitarian intake process