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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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acrt logoDespite 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.

Kidz4KidzTimely video and teaching resources are available to highlight the plight of refugees this month with a student group's video on children in detention going viral last week.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:20

Families kept apart

Adelaide male refugees150Hundreds 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.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:14

2015 Migrant and Refugee Week

Migrant and Refugee Kit Poster150Resources from the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) are now available in a kit which includes Pope Francis' Message for the 101st World Day of Migrants, a message from Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, himself a refugee, and homily notes and prayers of the faithful for use on Migrant and Refugee Sunday, 30 August 2015.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 21:56

If you see something, say something

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Despite the wall of secrecy to prevent public scrutiny through the Australian Border Force Act, a growing chorus of voices condemns this law that is not about stopping the boats or protecting our borders but protecting politicians, writes CRA Justice Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc.

Monday, 20 July 2015 09:51

Love makes a way

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150What we are praying for when we pray for asylum seekers is that God will help them through you and me, through us. The sub-text of our prayer must be that we accept our shared humanity with boat people, with all the consequences of that truth, writes Sister Susan Connelly rsj.

refugees forever 150The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes or CLRI(NSW) has published a theological reflection on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers, particularly in the context of recent developments in legislation pertaining to the reporting of abuse in detention centres.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:11

Q & A with Sr Brigid Arthur

Sr Brigid Arthur csbSister Brigid Arthur csb of the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project talks to the newly formed Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) on the importance of building relationships and advocacy on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers.