Immigration

Nine out of 10 young Australians want to do more to help refugees

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One in five believe they themselves could one day be displaced.

At least nine out of 10 young Australians believe more can be done to help refugees, and one in five believe they themselves could one day be displaced.

This year, World Vision Australia is focusing on the plight of refugees for its 40-hour famine and asking participants to walk in the shoes of the 68 million displaced persons across the globe.

World Vision Australia has surveyed more than a thousand Australians, aged between 11 and 19, to gauge their views on refugees.

They posed questions such as whether they could ever become displaced. One in five said it’s a possibility.

Coming from what's sometimes called the ‘selfie’ generation, World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello says the results surprise him.

"We’re always told the millennials are the 'me' generation, and they’re in a bubble and they only think about themselves. Well, this survey says, actually, they are taking in the refugee crisis."

The survey also found nine out of 10 young people care about refugees and would like to do more to help. Eight out of 10 believe refugees are not dangerous people.

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