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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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0818MigrantandRefugeeSunday 150Parishes and other religious communities are being encouraged to reach out and welcome new arrivals in their midst as part of the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, under the theme, ‘Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees’.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has produced a kit offering practical suggestions for parishes to extend a welcoming hand to those from other countries.

migrants and refugees vatican webThe Vatican's Migrant and Refugees Office has released an action plan advocating for an integral response to the refugee crisis, grouped into actions: to welcome, to protect, to promote, and to integrate.

migrant refugee week 2017 sq150This week the Catholic Church in Australia will be celebrating migrants and their integration in communities, focusing upon child migrants. The week culminates with Migrant and Refugee Sunday on 27 August 2017.

capsa logoThe tragic death of a 31-year old man in immigration detention on Manus Island should finally force the Federal Government’s hand to #BringThemHere, says the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA).

refugees forever 150“Fake refugees” who have “refused to apply” for a visa? Good Samaritan Sister Sarah Puls sgs answers some common questions arising from Minister Dutton’s “lodge or leave” policy announcement.

Refugee Week 2017Refugee Week this year in Australia celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice.

acrt logoIn a media release, the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce calls for a re-instatement of justice and hope for the 7500 asylum seekers yet to apply for protection in Australia.

capsa toolkitGet the toolkit for refugee action from Catholics in Alliance with People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA).

palm sunday refugeesJoin the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees on 9 April 2017 in your local city or community to advocate for offshore detention and welcome to refugees.

ACMRO logo150The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) will host a conference on the pastoral care of migrants and refugees at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, on July 19 and 20.

acrt logoThe National Council of Churches in Australia has put together resources to assist with reflection, prayer, reading and study for this day. 

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:38

Alliance calls for end to offshore detention

handshake welcomeA coalition of 71 human rights organisations have urged the Australian government to bring refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to Australia, in light of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the US-Australia refugee resettlement arrangement.

boat refugees150With this form letter, write to your local MP and ask them to vote against the proposed legislation to ban forever asylum seekers or refugees who have arrived in Australia by boat since 2013.

pax christi squarePax Christi Australia speaks out against proposed legislation that would prevent people arriving by boat without a visa from ever entering Australia in a media release.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:23

Appeal to human compassion and decency

CRA Yr of Mercy 2In a media release, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) joins its voice to many others in appealing to the Australian Government for compassion and decency in its treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 16:47

Resource for action on the Nauru files

refugees forever 150The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) has published a resource on "The Nauru Files" - incident reports of abuse inflicted upon refugees detained in Nauru.

IAWG end child detention logoNew advocacy resources from the Inter-Agency Working Group to End Child Detention have recently come out of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants held on 19 September 2016. 

Global Trends displacement cvrThe refusal of Syria's four neighbouring countries to shut their borders provides a stark (and challenging) example of what the structure of protection for refugees should look like, writes Jesuit Refugee Service Assistant Director Oliver White.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 16:15

Empowered to Work Program

empowered to work program Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson writes about this latest program from the House of Welcome to assist refugees and people seeking asylum find ongoing sustainable employment and re-establish a sense of hope.

JRS logo150In a media release, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia urges the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by immediately closing the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

capsa logoIn a media release, the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) has called for a Royal Commission following allegations of countless cases of abuse, sexual assault and self-harm of people seeking asylum on Nauru.

acrt logoThe Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce says the latest tragedy on Nauru is the direct result of the cruel refugee policy championed by both major political parties in Australia.

Global Trends displacement cvrOliver White of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia explains why Australia's border control strategy, seen as a model by some European policymakers, have catastrophic consequences.

Migrant Refugee Kit Poster 2016 smThe Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has published a kit to mark Migrant and Refugee Week and help us ponder how we can help and advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees.

refugees forever 150Along with the celebrations is the question we cannot ignore: what will happen to the 2000 people in a limbo of despair on Manus Island and Nauru, asks Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson.

capsa logoAn open letter from the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) urges Australian political leaders to develop more humane responses to refugees and asylum seekers. It also informs them that CAPSA is urging voters to assess election candidates on the positions they take on refugees and asylum seekers.

Monday, 13 June 2016 23:49

2016 Refugee Week: 19-25 June

refugee wk 2016Coordinated by the Refugee Council of Australia, this is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions that they make to Australian society.

Fr Lam Vu ofmcapFr Lam Vu, refugee, architect and now Capuchin priest responded to comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that refugees are uneducated, unemployable and at the same time “taking Australian jobs”, reports The Catholic Leader.

those who came across the seasThe reality facing asylum seekers and refugees was discussed at a forum co-ordinated by the Archdiocesan Catholic Alliance for Refugees, which featured human rights lawyer and CEO of the Humanitarian Group, Helen Pearce, as guest speaker.

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies are like an infected sore eating away at the fabric of society, says Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

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