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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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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.

JRS logo150The recent decision by the PNG government to shut the Manus Island detention centre has presented the Australian government with stark choices.

Monday, 18 April 2016 23:51

“Build bridges, not walls”

Pope Francis in LesbosThe welcome given by Pope Francis to refugees that he brought back with him to the Vatican is a reminder that we have a moral obligation to offer refugees protection, emphasises Jesuit Refugee Service Australia in a media release.

unicef animatedUNICEF launched a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards millions of children and young people on the move globally, emphasising that every child has rights and deserves a fair chance, according to a media release.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:13

Easter brings hope and peace

Fr Aloysius Mowe sj150The Easter Proclamation speaks of the children of Israel being led out of bondage and of Christ breaking chains. How do we hear that with any equanimity when people who seek safety from persecution and conflict continue to be subjected to the cruelties of a botched offshore processing policy, writes Father Aloysius Mowe sj, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.