Now you’re 24 and it’s 1949. You’re stateless and you’re living in Germany, the country responsible for the genocide of your people. You desperately need a new life. You apply for visas to the United States and Australia. You receive the news that Australia will accept you and your wife. Your father, twin brother and his wife and child also miraculously survived the war but have not been accepted into any country yet.
As of 31 December 2015, more than 65 million people were forcibly displaced. Of these, 21.3 million were refugees and 3.2 million people were seeking asylum. More than half of the world’s UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)-mandated refugees come from just three countries: Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia. In addition, more than half of the people displaced are children.
For many refugees, resettlement is a highly appropriate solution. However, there are far too few resettlement places available. Fewer than 1% of the refugees under UNHCR’s mandate get access to resettlement each year. Of those identified conservatively by UNHCR as being in need of resettlement, more than 85% are not resettled.
For more information, see here.
You need to work out how to navigate your new life in Australia. Everything is different here. How do you, for example:
For people who seek asylum and refuge this process is all the more difficult due to the circumstances under which they depart their home country. Some of the documented challenges that face people from refugee backgrounds in Australia are:
For more information, see the Roads to Refuge website.
Once you have enough money for your basic needs, do you pursue the profession that you have studied?
David has 2 children, Issy and Frances. Each have 2 children, and Isi’s eldest child Ilana has 2 children. David is a great-grandfather! David continues to volunteer at the Holocaust Centre teaching Jewish and non-Jewish students about the Holocaust. He has a very strong appreciation of democracy.