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FactCheck: Is this the greatest period of humanitarian need since WWII?

Kenny, M.A. and Murphy, K. (2015) FactCheck: Is this the greatest period of humanitarian need since WWII? The Conversation, 3 July 2015 .

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Abstract

“We acknowledge that right now the world is going through its greatest period of humanitarian need seen since the second world war. There are more people seeking refuge, more people displaced than at any other point in time … ” – Shadow Immigration and Border Protection Minister Richard Marles, interview with Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast, June 29, 2015.
In the lead-up to the ALP National Conference this month, reports have emerged suggesting the opposition may throw its support behind the policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.

When questioned on the topic, Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles mentioned that the world is now going through its greatest period of humanitarian need since the second world war.

Is that correct?

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
Copyright: The Author
Publishers Website: http://theconversation.com/au
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/29688
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