Benedict Cumberbatch, Margot Robbie and Cate Blanchett among dozens of stars taking a stand on refugees.

What do Cate Blanchett, Dame Helen Mirren, Will Ferrell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margot Robbie and Patrick Stewart have in common? I mean, aside from being world-famous actors and actresses. Obviously.

They all support refugees and they, along with more than 60 other famous faces, have appeared alongside refugees and aid workers in a new video for Australia for the UNHCR, vocalising that support.

“We stand with refugees, please stand with us,” is the message of  the campaign, which asks the public not to be swayed by the anti-refugee rhetoric currently plaguing political debate.

“We are in the middle of a catastrophic displacement crisis that has already uprooted millions of innocent families, and seen too many lose their lives trying to reach safety,” UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett said.

She argues the solution is ultimately political and will rely on “peace and stability”.

“But whilst we wait for that, we – as people with a voice – can and must play our part.

“We must demand that all countries take a shared responsibility for ensuring refugees have protection, shelter and the chance to live a productive life.

“If enough of us stand together, we will be heard.”


Actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett. Source: Supplied

The world is in the midst of its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and millions of people were newly displaced just in the last year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Overwhelmingly developing countries suffer most of the burden, but  hundreds of thousands of desperate people crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015. Thousands died along the way.

"At the same time, there was an extraordinary outpouring of empathy and solidarity, as ordinary people and communities opened their homes and their hearts to refugees, and some countries have welcomed new arrivals even while already hosting large numbers of refugees," Grandi said.

"The #WithRefugees campaign aims to amplify those voices of welcome and show that the world stands with refugees."

Where will you stand?