When allowing or not allowing people to cross the frontiers into our countries, or to enter our cultures, communities, or personal lives, do we effectively judge some people to be useless, out of place or disposable? People are not things to be used. Everyone has a place in the human family that cannot be filled […]
Pope Francis has appealed to the whole international community to develop new legal and secure forms of migration. He rejects the view that the large movements of people today are circumstantial or due to isolated emergencies and argues that migration is a sign of the times. He made a special appeal for the unaccompanied child […]
The Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office has responded to reports of Tamil asylum seekers being intercepted at sea and handed over to the Sri Lankan navy by reminding the Australian Government of its duty to respect the principle of non-refoulement. Read more below [gview file=”https://social-spirituality.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ACMRO-Media-Release-Process-asylum-claims-3-July-2014.pdf”].
Bishop Gerard Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrant and Refugees, has called for a thorough review of Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies. The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office believes that an independent report into events leading to the brutal death of Reza Barati in immigration detention on Manus Island reveals a […]
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has issued a statement pleading with those in Government and the whole Australian community to have respect for the rights of asylum seekers. They denounce current policies as ‘institutionalised cruelty’, ask for an examination of conscience concerning racism and for an end to the dehumanisation of people in need. Read […]