As Christians called to love our neighbour, welcome the stranger, challenge unjust systems and offer refuge and care to those who are marginalised and in exile, we have a particular responsibility in our society when it comes to responding to issues related to asylum seekers and refugees.
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.
The Uniting Church in Australia is a long-standing advocate of the just treatment of asylum seekers. We have been consistently vocal on the need for:
For resources, statements, submissions and other information about the Uniting Church’s work in this area visit UnitingJustice’s Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
We work closely with the Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) who provide settlement services for refugees. CARAD is supported by the Uniting Church in the City (UCIC) congregations. UCIC provides free office space for CARAD in Trinity Refugee House, 245 Stirling St, Perth.
The Humanitarian Group
We also work closely with The Humanitarian Group, a not-for-profit organisation, focused on empowering vulnerable people by providing professional and accessible migration assistance, legal advice and education.
Refugees in the community
The Uniting Church and CARAD are concerned with the government’s announcement of the “no advantage” policy. The Refugee Council of Australia has said “Our member agencies, already under enormous strain to provide basic support and emergency care for asylum seekers and refugees on bridging visas, will be stretched to near breaking point.”
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, is a coalition of churches advocating for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.