Australian Bishop – Don’t Shift Resettlement Responsibility

"Resettlement is about integrating refugees from poverty and oppression into a  community that has the capacity to provide economic and social opportunities as well as peace and safety." Bishop Gerary Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees, Media Release, 1 May 2014 Bishop Gerard Hanna has criticised the Australian government’s efforts to resettle in Cambodia those asylum seekers found to be refugees after having been intercepted at sea by Australia and sent to have their claims assessed in Nauru.
“If the Australian Government is serious about expanding resettlement opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, negotiations should commence with nations who have the resources to support refugees, such as Singapore, Japan, Korea and New Zealand,” he said.

Bishop Hanna is the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrants and Refugees.

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