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Archive for September, 2015

Hamid crushed by Australia’s immigration laws

28th September 2015

With a change at the helm of government, there was some speculation that the hardline and aggressive approach in immigration may be softened, though the minister has not changed.

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23rd September 2015

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Media Release – Innovative partnership in Parramatta provides much needed legal assistance to people seeking protection in Australia

14th September 2015

“Arrupe Place is where the drop-in legal service is based and is part of the JRS Shelter Project, that provides casework support, emergency relief, temporary accommodation, English classes, foodbank, and social support groups to asylum seekers living in the community.”…

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For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers

14th September 2015

“We Australians have rightly felt appalled at the dangers that refugees experience on their journeys, but we seem to have come to believe that harshness and rejection will be enough to deter desperate people from their flight to safety.” Chairman’s…

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Community warms up asylum seekers’ winter

14th September 2015

Sydney’s winter – one of the coolest in years – was felt keenly by asylum seekers this year. With limited finances, many of them struggled to find enough money for rent, food and medicine, let alone the luxury of warm clothes.

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Asylum seekers to receive travel concessions in NSW

14th September 2015

JRS has welcomed the announcement by NSW Premier Mike Baird that his government will “provide travel concessions to asylum seekers to help them access important social and community services and increase their participation in our society”. JRS was instrumental in…

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Denying asylum seekers a fair go

14th September 2015

Australia has therefore put itself at risk of breaching the principle of non-refoulement, simply by transferring asylum seekers to PNG in the first place: by transferring asylum seekers to a country where it knows due process cannot be guaranteed, Australia takes on legal and moral responsibility for any harm that might befall those asylum seekers.

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How can you support asylum seekers and refugees?

14th September 2015

Jesuits have a tradition, originating in the Spiritual Exercises of our Founder, St Ignatius, of praying the following questions: “’What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What should I do for Christ?” When Pope Francis spoke about his prayer life in an interview for Jesuit Publications in September 2013, he said that these were the questions that he asks himself when he prays.

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Asylum seekers are people like us

11th September 2015

It is easy to criticise the government’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers but when a good decision is made it must be acknowledged. The decision to grant 12,000 permanent visas to Syrian refugees and to increase the aid for refugees in the camps to UNHCR are both welcome.

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Media Release: JRS urges Australia to increase humanitarian intake

8th September 2015

The impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe has jolted Australia into realising that it needs to respond more urgently and generously to the humanitarian disaster caused by the Syrian conflict. JRS Australia welcomes the Australian government’s determination to provide further assistance to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

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