The Australian Government's COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent refugee and humanitarian visa holders from entering the country. According to the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), around 4,000 refugees with humanitarian visas to enter Australia are currently stranded overseas.

ABC News interviewed SSI general manager Yamamah Agha who said refugees stuck overseas were in extra need of resettlement at the moment.

With many parts of the world already grappling with humanitarian issues, Ms Agha said COVID-19 was making life for many refugees more difficult than ever.

"The pandemic does not discriminate and those people in need of resettlement, their needs are still there," she said. Click here to read the full ABC News article. 

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Governments must improve COVID-19 communications to CALD communities

Federation has joined with several community groups appealing for governments to effectively report COVID-19 directives to people with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. "Information is not reaching into many CALD communities in a way that actively engages the communities and individuals to enable them to fully understand what is required of them now and into the coming weeks of the COVID-19 response nationally," letters sent to federal, state and territory health ministers state.


Refugee doctor keen, but unable, to join coronavirus fight

Posted April 03, 2020 10:15:57 Tamer Antakly's medical specialty is the lungs - an organ among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. With more than three decades of experience, he's humble when he notes he could be "useful" in Australian hospitals battling a deadly pandemic. But he can't work in them.


How Coronavirus Is Creating Unique Challenges For Australia's Migrant Communities

For Australia's migrant communities and its international students, language barriers, the disruption of family structures and exclusion from economic aid are intensifying the already harsh challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In Sydney, restaurant owner Vatsal Harshadkumar Shah saw that international students were struggling financially and weren't getting economic support from the government, so he responded by starting a free meal service.


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