Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Australia has put itself at risk of breaching the principle of non-refoulement, simply by transferring asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea in the first place: by transferring asylum seekers to a country where it knows due process cannot be guaranteed, writes JRS Director Fr Aloysius Mowe sj.
At the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops' 2015-2016 Social Justice Statement, Bishop Vincent Long, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, welcomed the announcement that Australia will accept 12,000 more refugees.
Australia's religious leaders are meeting with political leaders in Canberra on 15 October 2015 to express their concern for refugees. Before this meeting, Australians are invited to a prayer vigil on 12 October at the Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney or post a prayer online.
A report from the Refugee Council of Australia (RCA) explores concerns on policies and practices that undermine the successful settlement of people from refugee backgrounds which poses significant obstacles to community cohesion.
The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Migrant & Refugee Sunday on the last Sunday in August. Sister Esmey Herscovitch rscj marked Migrant & Refugee Sunday 2015 by reflecting on the readings for the day. She asks “Where are our hearts?”
Despite the abuses inflicted on people in refugee detention centres managed by Transfield Services in Nauru and Manus Island, the company has been rewarded, not punished, with another 5-year contract, says the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce Vice Chair Sister Brigid Arthur.
Hundreds of male asylum seekers living in Adelaide on bridging visas are facing an endless wait to reunite with their families under Australian Government policies described by Mercy House of Welcome coordinator Meredyth Taylor as "deliberately punitive" and causing mental health problems from separation, writes Rebecca DiGirolamo.