The shocking photo of drowned Syrian toddler, Aylan Kurdi, who was found washed up on a Turkish beach, has brought the global refugee crisis into sharp focus.

Here are five things you can do right now to help create change.

1. Tell Tony Abbott – refugees are welcome

Send Tony Abbott a photo of yourself with the message ‘Refugees welcome’ and show the Prime Minister that the people of Australia want to welcome more refugees.

1) Write ‘Refugees welcome’ on a piece of paper.

2) Take a selfie with your sign.

3) Tweet your photo tagging @TonyAbbottMHR and #refugeeswelcome, post it on Tony Abbott’s Facebook page, or post it to Instagram tagging tonyabbottmhr and #refugeeswelcome.

Let Tony Abbott know refugees are welcome

2. Get active

Hit the streets! Join one of the many actions and events happening around the country, or organise your own. The best place to start is to get in touch with your local Amnesty Action Group.

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3. Share Abdal's story

During a routine catch-up with an immigration department official in June last year, Palestinian refugee Abdalnasser was told that he could no longer remain with his wife and children in their home in western Sydney. Without warning, he was transferred to Villawood Detention Centre.

In our article Seeking something like paradise we take an intimate look at what our support really means to those at the centre of Australia's refugee debate.

Share this longer-than-average (but totally worth it) story with your family and friends on Facebook.

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4. Get social

Download this refugee rights image (left) and make it your social media profile picture. You can also download this cover image to use on your Facebook page (right). Talk to your online friends about why this issue is important to you.

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