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CAPSA welcomes release of refugees but urges that more be done

The release of about 23 refugees, some of whom had been detained for close to nine years, from onshore detention facilities including Melbourne’s Park Hotel has been welcomed by the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA).CAPSA, co-convened by Jesuit Social Services and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia,…

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Australia’s response to refugees fleeing persecution: sympathetic words and limited promises

ANDY HAMILTON SJ reflects that in refugee policy, kind words and empty promises in a crisis are not enough – strong political leadership is required to welcome refugees even when populist opinion has turned against them.The Russian war on Ukraine has provoked heart-wrenching scenes of long columns of…

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Federal Budget 2022: CAPSA welcomes announcement of 16,500 additional places for Afghan refugees, urges Federal Government to do more for refugees and people seeking asylum

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) welcomes the Federal Government’s provision of 16,500 additional humanitarian places over four years for refugees seeking protection from the ongoing Afghanistan crisis. While CAPSA is pleased to see this crucial announcement, it expresses concern that the Federal Government continues to…

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CAPSA calls for peace in Ukraine and elsewhere, and a generous response to all refugees

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) joins Pope Francis, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), and other Catholic organisations such as Caritas Australia, in not only calling for an end to the escalating violence and conflict occurring in Ukraine, but also in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Syria, Iraq,…

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CAPSA joined faith, veteran and diaspora leaders in Canberra, six months since the fall of Kabul

On the eve of the six-month anniversary of the fall of Kabul, representatives and leaders from across the faith, veteran and Afghanistan-Australian Advocacy Network communities met with Federal MPs at Parliament House to urge the Australian Government to take #ActionforAfghanistan and do more to provide safety for those…

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CAPSA urges more compassion in Afghanistan resettlement response

The Federal Government’s announcement of at least 15,000 places over four years for people fleeing the crisis in Afghanistan, through existing Humanitarian and Family Visa programs, is an inadequate response, says the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), reiterating its call for allocation of at least 20,000…

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Catholic communities urge Australian Government to do more to protect people from Afghanistan

Almost 600 leaders from Catholic communities across Australia have signed letters urging the Australian Government to do more to protect people from Afghanistan, as the country’s humanitarian and human rights crisis worsens.The letters call on the Australian Government to commit to providing permanent protection to refugees on temporary…

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“People in the headlines today, disappear tomorrow”: A reflection by Andrew Hamilton SJ

  Recently the Australian Government announced that they would be putting an end to offshore processing in Papua New Guinea by the end of this year. That is a cause for celebration.  The places of detention in PNG were brutal places where many people suffered greatly. Their suffering…

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