We can

Support action on Afghanistan

Send a letter to your MP calling for Action on Afghanistan

Send an email!

We can

stand in solidarity

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum stands together to welcome those who come to Australia seeking a safe haven. Our humanity and faith demand that we challenge government policies that lead to hardship, poverty and trauma for people seeking asylum.

Stand in solidarity with us

We can

engage hearts and minds

Find out how you can advocate for fairer treatment and safe and humane policies to support people seeking asylum.

Take action

We can

provide support

Many people living in the Australian community while seeking asylum are experiencing poverty. COVID-19 has made existing issues worse and there is a dire need for practical help.

Provide support

We can

join with others for change

Host a community conversation, meet your MP, attend a Circle of Silence.

Check out our Toolkit for Change!

We can do better

We visited people across the Catholic community and heard their message to people seeking asylum, loud and clear – “You are Welcome”.

Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum ought to reflect our collective values of solidarity, compassion, respect for human dignity, and our desire to do good – not harm.

When we commit to welcoming people who are fleeing persecution, we do good and honour our values. When imprison people seeking safety and deprive them of what is necessary for life, we do harm.

We can do better.

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) calls the government to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people who have sought asylum in Australia, through just processes and attention to basic needs. 

What We can do

I can get informed

Confused about the facts? Find out where you can access reliable information including updates about what Catholics are doing in support people seeking asylum …

I can help

Looking for a way to help people seeking asylum in your local community? See how you can share your skills …

I can stand up for change

Want your voice to be heard? Looking for ways to speak out against the harsh treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia? Find out ways to effectively advocate …

What I am doing

Sayed is Afghani, married with 6 children. He made the journey to Australia on his own. His wife and 6 children are refugees in Pakistan. I also have 6 kids so his experience seemed both familiar and incomprehensible to me.

Carole

Sunshine, Victoria

What I am doing

I have come to see that my faith is concerned with seeking a personal relationship with Jesus and it is in sharing the struggles and hopes of my asylum seeker friends that I encounter Jesus and deepen my relationship with him

Peter Arndt

Brisbane, Queensland

What I am doing

Hearing people’s stories of persecution and injustice has helped me to see beyond media headlines to the stories of real people

Rita

Footscray, Victoria photo credit: Fiona Basile

Latest News & Events

Action for Afghanistan

It is clear that the Afghan people, especially ethnic and religious minorities as well as women and children are in great danger in their own country. In addition, there are more than 5,100 Afghans living in Australia, many with families in Afghanistan, and many without any certainty about their future in Australia. While the Federal Government has undertaken to allocate at least 3,000 places for Afghans within the current humanitarian intake, the need is dire and immediate, and a special additional intake is required.

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CAPSA urges Federal Government to do more to protect Afghan refugees

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), representing leaders across the Catholic Church, health, education, refugee and social services, has called on the Morrison Federal Government to guarantee permanent visas for Afghans already in the country under temporary protection or currently being processed, and increase its intake of humanitarian refugees from Afghanistan.

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CAPSA letter to Minister Andrews Re: Protection for Afghan people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas in Australia

Read the full letter sent to The Hon Karen Andrews MP regarding CAPSA's calls for protection for Afghan people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas in Australia.

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