Vantage observes results of US$100,000 donation to UNHCR

Rick Steves

Vantage’s US$100,000 donation has helped approximately 788 refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees in 2023 alone.

Following its US$100,000 donation to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in May 2023, Vantage Markets is celebrating the ongoing impact of its contribution to support the protection and resettlement of refugees and stateless people in Australia.

According to the brokerage firm, the Australian Government has granted emergency visas to evacuate Afghans no longer safe in their home country, including Fatima, the captain of the Afghan Women’s Football Team.

UNHCR helped 788 refugees in Australia last year

Thousands of refugees have been seeking asylum and protection in Australia and UNHCR’s efforts have been instrumental in navigating these challenges and providing critical assistance to these individuals, by advocating for improved refugee and stateless protection, offering direct counseling support, and facilitating durable solutions for eligible refugees.

Vantage’s US$100,000 donation has helped UNHCR touch the lives of approximately 788 refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees in 2023 alone. Of these, 119 individuals were successfully resettled from Australia to New Zealand, 39 found new homes in Canada, and 19 individuals departed to the United States.

A few dramatic stories include one woman from Iran, who had endured violence and social isolation due to severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and found solace through UNHCR’s support concerning mental health and the necessary interviews for resettlement to New Zealand. She now awaits the outcome of her application.

“The completion of these activities has had a significant impact on the well-being and quality of life of refugees and asylum-seekers under UNHCR’s protection,” said a report compiled by UNHCR Australia. “By empowering them and fostering a sense of self-agency, these activities have offered a pathway for refugees and asylum seekers to regain some control over their lives. More importantly, this engagement has kept their options open for eventual resettlement, offering hope and a tangible pathway towards a brighter future.”

“We’re honored to be supporting UNHCR’s efforts”

Jack Kelly, Head of Sales, Vantage Australia, said: “Our collaboration with UNHCR underscores our commitment to creating a more inclusive and compassionate world. We are humbled to see how our partnership has enabled UNHCR to delicately navigate the complexities of refugee support, ensuring that every step taken is a step towards a better future.

“We’re honored to be supporting UNHCR’s efforts – the team is doing incredibly important work and we’re proud to be part of their journey,” said Kelly. “We hope that our initiative encourages more individuals and organizations to support UNHCR’s ongoing efforts and join in the mission of creating a more inclusive and compassionate world.”

Vantage is a multi-asset broker offering clients access to a service for trading Contracts for Difference (CFDs) on Forex, Commodities, Indices, Shares, ETFs, and Bonds.

UNHCR leads international action to protect people forced to flee because of conflict and persecution. The organization delivers life-saving assistance including shelter, food and water, helps to safeguard fundamental human rights, and develops solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future.

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