The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) extends its heartfelt support to Victoria’s Afghan communities in this incredibly distressing time.
Victoria is fortunate to have Australia’s largest Afghan population, a population that is diverse and contributes to our social, cultural and economic fabric.
The VMC has held many conversations with members of the Afghan community and we know there is widespread pain, especially for those with immediate family back in Afghanistan.
With the situation in Afghanistan having escalated so drastically, it is important that:
- pathways to permanent residency be offered to Afghans in Australia who are on temporary and bridging visas
- additional places be allocated through Australia’s humanitarian program to assist the most vulnerable, as occurred for refugees from Syria and Iraq in 2015
- priority be given to family reunion applications to relatives of Afghan Australians who are at risk
- additional humanitarian aid be provided for those displaced.
The VMC will continue to support the community’s advocacy efforts and work with the Afghan community over the coming days and months.
We offer the Afghan community our support and prayers during this difficult time.
Reviewed 23 August 2021