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  Refugees​ & ​people seeking asylum 


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The UCA Justice and International Mission Unit advocates on a number local, national and international issues.  One of the areas of our work is advocating for justice for refugees and asylum seekers.

There is no question about the Christian response to asylum seekers and refugees. The Church is called to be a place of welcome. As faithful disciples we are to provide care and comfort to those who come to this land as strangers, seeking safety.

The Uniting Church advocates for a just response to the needs of refugees that recognises Australia's responsibilities as a wealthy global citizen, upholds the human rights and safety of all people, and is based on just and humane treatment, including non-discriminatory practices and accountable transparent processes.​

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To keep in touch with our work on refugees and asylum seekers, please join the Vic/Tas Uniting for Refugees Network by emailing Jill.Ruzbacky@victas.uca.org.au​.

 

 Advocacy Briefs


 News and Events

Melbourne Palm Sunday 
Walk for Justice for Refugees - Sunday 9 April 2017​
Further details to follow!

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​Join the call to #BringThemHere. 

GetUp is running a campaign to close the camps and bring asylum seekers onshore to be treated and processed according to Australia's international obligations.

Its website tells the story of several men currently imprisoned on Manus and Nauru. Click here to go to the website and sign the petition.

GetUp also has many ideas about what else you can do to promote the #BringThemHere campaign, which you'll be directed to after signing the petition.

Read the leaked "Nauru Files" documenting trauma and abuse in detention August 10, 2016

 Reports

At What Cost​? The Human, Economic and Strategic Cost of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies and the Alternatives

Save the Children Australia and Unicef Australia, September 2016

This report explores the human, economic and strategic cost of Australia’s current policies which seek to deter asylum seekers from migrating to Australia by sea. It provides a set of alternatives which would bring an end to the harm that is being done and ensure the protection of a much greater number of refugees in the region.​

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The Academics for Refugees Policy Paper calls for A Just and Humane Approach for Refugees.  It makes a numbers of recommendations that are supported by sound scholarly research. It also calls for a National Policy Summit.​​