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An asylum seeker dies every 80 mins: Oxfam

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016

A year on since a harrowing photograph of a three-year-old Syrian toddler lying face down washed up on a Turkish beach went global, one asylum seeker dies almost every 80 minutes trying to reach safety.

Aid agency Oxfam seized on the anniversary of Alan Kurdi's tragic demise, to call on wealthy countries to resettle more refugees.

"Despite the strength of the public response to this issue, one year on nothing has improved for those searching, as Alan's family was, for safety and dignity," spokeswoman Nicole Bieske said in a statement on Friday.

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