Refugees and Asylum Seekers
An 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.
Fr 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.
The 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.
In Australia, conversation about people who seek asylum often feels disconnected from the people – the real flesh and blood people – whose lives are most affected. The reasons for this are complicated and contested., writes Good Samaritan Sister Sarah Puls.