Who we are

OUR ACTIVITIES

Countries of Operation

“We have a legal and moral obligation to protect people fleeing bombs, bullets and tyrants, and throughout history those people have enriched our society.” —Juliet Stevenson

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Australia
  3. Hong Kong
  4. India
  5. Indonesia
  6. Iran
  7. Japan
  8. South Korea
  9. Malaysia
  10. New Zealand
  11. Pakistan
  12. Thailand
WHO WE ARE

Our History

Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) is the only region-wide refugee-led network of refugee-led initiatives in the Asia Pacific region that is working with and for refugees. APNOR was established in 2018, on the recommendation of Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR), which brought together 104 representatives from refugee-led organizations in Asia to advocate for refugee agency & self-representation.

On 22 October 2018, the Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR) brought together 104 representatives from refugee-led organizations, networks and communities residing in 10 host countries in the Asia Pacific region to discuss and plan for greater refugee participation in policy- and decision-making. This was the first opportunity of its kind for refugee leaders in the Asia Pacific region to come together to share experiences, network and discuss how to strengthen refugee self-representation at all levels (locally, regionally, and internationally).

The Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees followed on from discussions that took place in Geneva in June 2018 at the inaugural Global Summit of Refugees (GSOR). One of the key recommendations coming out of this Global Summit was for an “inclusive international platform for refugee participation and self-representation” to be established, “made up of a representative network of refugee community organizations, initiatives and change-makers from around the world”. In working towards the establishment of a representative international refugee-led advocacy network, a proposal was developed to hold regional-level discussions. The Asia Pacific region, through APSOR, was the first of these regional-level discussions.

The Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees 2018 (APSOR) was the first-time refugee communities from across the region were able to directly connect with each other using online technologies, share their experiences, network, and discuss how to strengthen refugee self-representation at all levels (locally, nationally, regionally and globally). All participants from APSOR were interested in continuing regional link ups and discussions between refugee communities. This resulted in the formation of APNOR. The first official forum of the APNOR network is planned for 7 September 2019.

OUR GOALS

Our Vision

At APNOR, we dream of a future where every forcibly displaced person in the Asia Pacific region not only survives but thrives. We are committed to transforming the lives of refugees by providing them with the critical support and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Our vision is driven by a deep passion for empowering refugee communities and includes the following key elements:

  1. Life-Saving Support:
  • Deliver life-saving relief and emergency support to refugees in times of crisis, ensuring they have access to essential resources like food, shelter, and medical care.
  • Equip refugees with educational tools and resources that pave the way for brighter futures and enhanced quality of life.
  1. Empowerment and Independence:
  • Offer comprehensive training and skill-building programs designed to boost refugees’ employability, confidence, and independence.
  • Provide financial assistance to refugee led organizations dedicated to supporting refugees, ensuring that aid reaches those most in need.
  1. Amplifying Refugee Voices:
  • Amplify the voices of refugees in decision-making processes, ensuring their perspectives and needs are at the forefront of policy and humanitarian efforts.
  • Educate non-refugee stakeholders through training sessions that promote inclusion, diversity, and empathy, fostering a supportive and welcoming environment for refugees.
  1. Building Collaborative Power:
  • Facilitate impactful dialogues that bring together diverse stakeholders to address global refugee issues, share innovative solutions, and forge powerful partnerships.
  • Build a regional network of initiatives led by refugees, bolstering their ability to make meaningful contributions to decision-making processes.

APNOR envisions a world where all forcibly displaced persons in the Asia Pacific region can access their human rights and achieve their full potential. We strive to empower and support diverse refugee communities to respond to their own challenges and needs, ensuring they are systematically included and represented in decisions affecting their lives. By advocating for refugee agency and strengthening collaboration between initiatives and stakeholders, we aim to guarantee positive changes in the humanitarian system and refugee response at the local, national, regional, and international levels.

APNOR’s vision is a passionate call to action for a world where refugees are not just recipients of aid but active agents of change. By strengthening refugee-led initiatives and ensuring their meaningful participation in the humanitarian system, we are dedicated to creating lasting, positive changes in the lives of displaced individuals. Join us in building a future where refugees are empowered, supported, and integral to the communities they enrich.

OUR GOALS

Our Objectives

APNOR aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Provide Life-Saving Support:
  • Deliver essential relief and emergency aid to refugees during crises, ensuring timely access to food, shelter, and medical care.
  • Distribute educational tools and resources that enhance the quality of life and future prospects for refugees.
  1. Empower Refugees for Independence:
  • Develop and offer comprehensive training programs that enhance refugees’ employability, confidence, and self-sufficiency.
  • Allocate financial assistance to organizations dedicated to providing direct support to refugees, ensuring resources reach those most in need.
  • Equip Refugees / Refugee led organizations with the skills to run and lead their local community groups and organizations.  
  1. Amplify Refugee Voices:
  • Create platforms and opportunities for refugees to actively participate in decision-making processes, ensuring their perspectives are included in policy and humanitarian efforts.
  • Conduct training sessions for non-refugee stakeholders to promote inclusion, diversity, and empathy, fostering a supportive environment for refugees.
  1. Foster Collaborative Power:
  • Organize and facilitate a wide range of engagements, including bilateral meetings, forums, dialogues, conferences, and summits, to bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss global refugee issues, share innovative solutions, and build strong partnerships.
  • Establish and strengthen a regional network of refugee-led initiatives, enhancing their ability to contribute meaningfully to decision-making processes and address their own challenges.
  • Advocate for increased financial resources and the removal of structural, political, and bureaucratic barriers to ensure refugees effectively participate in planning, designing, and implementing programs.  
  1. Ensure Human Rights and Full Potential:
  • Advocate for the human rights of all forcibly displaced persons in the Asia Pacific region, ensuring they can achieve their full potential.
  • Support and empower diverse refugee communities to address their own needs and challenges, ensuring their systematic inclusion and representation in decisions affecting their lives.
  1. Promote Positive Changes in Humanitarian Systems:
  • Strengthen collaboration between refugee-led initiatives and other stakeholders to drive positive changes in the humanitarian system and refugee response at local, national, regional, and international levels.
  • Advocate for and implement strategies that guarantee effective and meaningful participation of refugees in the humanitarian system.
By pursuing these objectives, APNOR aims to build a future where refugees are empowered, supported, and integral to the communities they enrich, creating lasting, positive changes in the lives of displaced individuals.
WHO WE ARE

Our Values

  • Using a rights-based approach.

  • The humanitarian principles of non-discrimination, impartiality, humanity, independence and accountability to affected populations.

  • The principle of “Do no harm”.

  • Building solidarity and collaboration.

  • Working responsibly and with respect, accountability and transparency.

Agenda for Change 2022 – 2027

Our Agenda

APNOR’s Agenda for Change is being developed by steering committee made up of refugee leaders from across the region, and through a series of country consultations by and for refugees.

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Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) is the only region-wide refugee-led network of refugee-led initiatives in the Asia Pacific region that is working with and for refugees. APNOR was established in 2018, on the recommendation of Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR).

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