Archive for November, 2016

Asylum seeker refugee alone and wrapped in blanket

A Crisis of Solidarity

30th November 2016

The Christmas story is steeped in irony. The shepherds who work on the edges of the city move to the centre of the world when they become the recipients of the angelic message. The Magi seeking a King are sent to see a newborn baby. The vulnerable child is in fact the Lord of the universe.

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Parramatta is now officially a Refugee Welcome Zone after signing this declaration

Parramatta is now a Refugee Welcome Zone

28th November 2016

The signing of the Refugee Welcome Zone declaration officially recognised Parramatta as a local government area that makes a real and tangible commitment to welcoming refugees into the community.

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NSW government announces educational support for people seeking asylum

24th November 2016

JRS welcomes the announcement by the NSW Government to allow asylum seekers access to subsidised training as part of the Smart and Skilled program.

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Bringing light to the child migrants in our midst

17th November 2016

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis’ appeal “to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants.” In this time of epic human displacement, “children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless”.

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JRS welcomes resettlement deal with the United States

13th November 2016

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian government that some refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will be resettled in the United States. The one-off arrangement for recognised refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will prioritise the resettlement of women, children, and family groups, but will also include male refugees on Manus Island. The government has so far provided no timeframes or specific details on the number of people who will be eligible.

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refugee family of father and baby daughter seeking asylum

Who is my neighbour?

9th November 2016

“We decide who is coming here.” Malcolm Turnbull must have been hoping to gain both the conservative chops and the electoral success of former Prime Minister John Howard when he uttered these words in defence of his plans to ban asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia on boats from ever entering Australia. It was Howard of course who perfected the art of dog-whistle politics when he said in 2001 that “we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.”

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