Greater Dandenong Mayor stands #WithRefugees
20 June 2018
Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Youhorn Chea has joined with mayors from across the globe to mark World Refugee Day today.
Cr Chea has signed a joint statement calling for more communities to welcome refugees. The international Cities #WithRefugees campaign is being run by UNHCR, the United Nation’s Refugee Agency and so far more than 100 mayors have signed up to the campaign.
Cr Chea said the City of Greater Dandenong was the most culturally diverse community in Australia.
“More than half of our residents were born overseas. They come from 157 different birthplaces, and many have origins in parts of the world with recent histories of conflict, violence and displacement,” Cr Chea said.
“There are nearly 2000 people seeking asylum who are living in Greater Dandenong. We are a proud refugee Welcome Zone and open our arms to all.
“Nobody chooses to be a refugee, but we can all extend a welcoming hand to make sure these people experience the human rights they deserve.”
New figures released by the UNHCR yesterday show a continuing five-year upward trend in the number of people displaced by conflict or persecution worldwide. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, praised the communities and individuals for showing solidarity with refugees.
Council recently adopted the Greater Dandenong People Seeking Asylum and Refugees Action Plan 2018-21. Visit www.greaterdandenong.com/diversity for more information.
Visit www.unrefugees.org.au for more information about the #WithRefugees campaign.