Suffering of temporary migrants during the COVID-19 crisis

World Humanitarian Day

In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown in March, many temporary visa holders working in heavily casualised industries, such as hospitality and retail, lost their jobs and struggled to meet basic living expenses.

These included international students, backpackers, graduates, sponsored workers and refugees, among others.

As World Humanitarian Day approaches (Wednesday, 19 August 2020), we look to the humanitarian record of the Australian Government and how it fails its international obligations to protect the rights and lives of all who reside in Australia, whether permanent or temporary residents.

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