Right to Refuge

Check out the resources you need to turn all your campaigning ideas into action.

About the Campaign

Everyone deserves to live in safety. And everyone has the right to seek refuge when their safety and dignity is threatened.

Right now, more than 65 million people worldwide have been forced to leave their homes to be free from war and persecution. Millions more are on the move because of natural disasters and poverty.

These people seeking refuge are people like you, who have seen their lives upended by extraordinary circumstances.

In many cases, they’ve lost their homes, loved ones and life as they knew it.

As generous people, we can and should do more to help these people. But the Australian Government is choosing not to do this.

Take action and support those seeking safe refuge by calling on Prime Minister Turnbull to:

  1. Treat all people seeking refuge in Australia with dignity and respect, and in accordance with the Refugee Convention
  2. Increase Australia’s intake of people seeking refuge to 30,000 by 2018/19 and then to 42,000 by 2020/21, based on the current size of our population and economy
  3. Increase aid to countries hosting large populations of people who have been forced to flee
Are you ready to take action?

Below you’ll find the resources you need to stand with people seeking asylum and to demand that the government take more action on this issue.


Ideas for getting active on this campaign:

  1. Attend a Palm Sunday March in your state – Find your state event information here.
  2. Reach out to other Refugee groups in your area or on your campus and collaborate on actions and events
  3. Ask people to sign the petition at a local market stall or campus market event
  4. Host a film screening – we’ve got some film suggestions below

…and as always create your own exciting campaigning ideas!! Contact your state Community Campaigner to discuss other ideas and to get your hands on resources.


Get people to take action on this campaign by signing the petition.

Learn more about Oxfam’s work on refugee rights and key statistics.

Contact your Community Campaigner to get your hands on posters, stickers, badges, pens etc.

Suggested Films & Documentaries

Chasing Asylum (2016)

Directed by Eva Orner

Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. The film features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.

The film explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them.

Cast from the Storm (2016)

Directed by David Mason

Cast from the Storm tells the tender story of a group of teenage refugees who share their extraordinary stories when they join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group. A coming of age story, this uplifting documentary shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home.

Freedom Stories (2015)

Directed by Steve Thomas

Freedom Stories is a documentary based project that brings together a collection of personal stories from former refugees who sought asylum in Australia at a time of great political turmoil circa 2001, but who have long since dropped out of the media spotlight. The people who have participated in our project are all now Australian citizens. Given the ongoing controversies over ‘refugees’ it is timely that their stories be heard.

Mary Meets Mohammad (2013)

Directed by Heather Kirkpatrick

Mary Meets Mohammad follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara refugee Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.