CONGOLESE COMMUNITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES – AUSTRALIA
ABN: 80 059 493 615
PO BOX 654
PETERSHAM, NSW 2049
PHONE AND FAX: 02 95344580 - MOBILE: 0401290366 OR 0413753193
CONGOLESE REFUGEE AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS:
One of the major challenges facing the world today is protecting refugees and people in humanitarian need including asylum seekers who have been forced to leave their homes by armed conflict and human rights abuses. Despite The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR’s) efforts to find durable solutions during 2008, available information suggests that there were 42 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2008. This includes 15.2 million refugees, 827,000 asylum-seekers (pending cases) and 26 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). In 2008, UNHCR identified some 6.6 million stateless persons in 58 countries. The Office estimated that the overall number of stateless persons worldwide was far higher, about 12 million people.
This report describes different tentative solutions targeting issues of Congolese refugees and those in humanitarian need including Asylum seekers. The report also presents the ongoing protracted situations of refugee and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) settled in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia and then provides some recommendations for a durable solution. The goal of this report is, firstly, to criticize the current strategy used by UNHCR and resettlement partners, particularly Australia. The report shows that refugees and people in humanitarian need from the DRC are not beneficiaries of the current UNHCR and Australian facilitated resettlement scheme, despite the Australian government commitment to go beyond the...