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Welcome The Asylum Seeker Parish Support
Pope Francis has challenged all of us with his action plan for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: to Welcome, to Protect, to Promote and to Integrate. Unfortunately Australia’s sad treatment of Asylum Seekers continues, and so once again we find ourselves needing to make a public witness to 'Welcome the Stranger'. On Palm Sunday, 25th March 2018, there will be a Liturgy of Welcome in St Patrick's Cathedral from 1pm – 1.30pm. Following the Liturgy, we will walk as one Faith Community (down Lonsdale street) to join the larger Public Rally, which starts at 2pm at the State Library. Download flyer.
Do you intend to write letters to your Member of Parliament on burning issues, but it never translates into action? Perhaps now is the time? Our member organisation, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project has identified the following issues as critical: Temporary visas; Asylum seekers living in destitution in Australia; Asylum seekers sent back to danger. Please assist them by writing to your Federal MP - BASP have provided key points to assist you!
There are currently two petitions before Parliament: One asking for asylum seekers and refugees to be treated humanely and their claims processed in a timely manner.  The other that the recent harsh changes to visiting conditions at detention centres be reversed. 
Asylum Insight is a group of Australians with backgrounds in law, journalism, economics, public health and marketing. Asylum Insight provides facts and analysis on Australian asylum policy with an international angle. Established in Melbourne in 2013, it is an independent non-profit organisation committed to the principles of international human rights law, independence, and informed public discourse. It has released its first commentary: Deterrence by Punishment: A Critical Overview of Policies towards Asylum Seekers in the ‘Legacy Caseload’.
 

Are you looking for an opportunity to build skills, network with others working for justice for refugees and people seeking asylum, and learn how we can collaborate for alternatives to the current state of affairs in Australia? Why not attend the Refugee Alternatives Conference 2018?

A small group, committed to improving the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, spent a lunch time writing letters to local Members of Parliament on Tuesday 5 December at the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne. 
 
The hand written letters call on Members of Parliament to bring those sent to Nauru and Manus Island to safety in Australia in a timely and humane fashion where they can have their claims processed in safety and with dignity. The letters also call for a speed up in the process for resettlement in the USA and for the Australian Government to accept the New Zealand offer to take 150 of these refugees.
 
This is an exercise that can be organised in any workplace, parish, etc. 
In the northern suburbs of Melbourne, as in many parts of the city, residents are being priced out of their local neighbourhoods. Accordingly, the need for free meals, community help and food banks is growing. In Thornbury a local initiative between the parish of St Mary’s and the Salvation Army is seeking to address this increasing need with a weekly community dinner.
Calls continue for the Australian Government to end the current crisis on Manus island.  The Archdiocese of Auckland, New Zealand, joins Catholic bodies in Australia in calling for acceptance of New Zealand's resettlement offer, as part of a full resolution for the refugees and asylum seekers.
For comprehensive updates on the grave situation on Manus Island go to the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the UNSW. Or sign up for their mailing list for a weekly round-up of national and international refugee news.

2017 was a year of great welcome and support by Melbourne parishes for asylum seekers and refugees.

The Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program (the Welcome Program) works mainly with parishes in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to support their work with asylum seekers and refugees. The program focuses on providing practical support to asylum seekers and refugees, but this inevitably leads to advocacy as well.

 

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