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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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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.

refugees forever 150In 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.

Thursday, 05 May 2016 12:10

Asylum seekers battle stress

wire fence 2Delays in processing visa applications and “punitive” government policies have a profound effect on the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers, according to a local psychologist who specialises in the area.

Thursday, 05 May 2016 08:31

Respect PNG law and international law

CRAL logo 150Catholic Religious Australia urges the Australian Government to respect Papua New Guinea law and international law and end indefinite mandatory offshore detention, following the recent decision by the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court to declare illegal the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island.

ACMRO logo150The decision of the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal is a welcome sign of hope for those currently in detention on Manus Island, Fr Maurizio Pettenà, Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office.