Once again we are asking for the Catholic community to come together to advocate for people seeking asylum, this time in the weeks either side of the 104th World Day of Migrant and Refugees. As a practical expression of Pope Francis’ message to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees (recently distributed by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office in their toolkit to promote Migrant and Refugee week), we are asking again for your support in facilitating action. From the 20th – 31st August CAPSA members and supporters will join with schools, parishes, community mobilizers and organisations across the country to advocate and raise awareness for people seeking asylum in our communities. We are focusing activities on the recent cuts to basic material and case management support for people seeking asylum. Between the 9th and 16th of August approximately 1500 individuals and families who are seeking asylum will lose their income support. An estimated 5000 more will lose this same basic support before the end of the year. Both the broader and Catholic community are already trying to work out how we can respond to this humanitarian crisis.
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