We are delighted to launch our first annual report under St. Francis Social Services. It is an opportunity to celebrate the work of our staff, clients and volunteers and to acknowledge all of our supporters who have brought us to this point. Thank you to everyone who has made this a year of strength, welcome [...]
Article 14 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states “everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries, asylum from persecution”. Below you will find articles and extracts from a range of sources relating to refugees and asylum seekers.
Reflections so far… August 2012 As I think about what to write for my first contribution to the House of Welcome newsletter I cannot go past the theme of ‘change.’ While some may think that to talk about change is slightly clichéd, it must be acknowledge that over the past six to eight months nothing [...]
There have been many recent changes to federal government policy that give us cause to celebrate regarding asylum seekers in immigration detention. The House of Welcome, along with our partners in the refugee sector, welcome the news that there will continue to be a steady flow of people released from detention centres across Australia. We [...]
Books The Happiest Refugee, Anh Do His debut in the book world and a brusinigly honest depiction of his life to date They Poured Fire From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan, Deng, A; Deng, B; Ajak, B The Bitter Shore, J Everitt This is an emotional and confronting book [...]
“Today’s politicians are not giving Australians a chance to exhibit the best of their natures, as they did most generously to the Indo-Chinese refugees in the seventies and eighties, even though the numbers were far greater than the numbers today” (Source: Malcolm Fraser, “Essays on Justice”, Asylum seeker Resource Centre’s Biannual Journal, Volume 1 June [...]
Information on the current situation for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia Facts & Figures Australian Asylum Trends 2010-11 House of Welcome FactSheet 2010 Life in the community ‘The real story of community detention’ – Champions of Change, February 2012 What services are available to asylum seekers living in the community? Read the Dept. of [...]
International facts and figures UNHCR Asylum Seeker Trends – First half 2011 UNHCR Global Trends 2010 Global issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees Legal Questions UNHCR 1951 Refugee Convention FAQs http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jun/15/refugee-statistics-unhcr
Happy New Year! Read our January 2012 Newsletter to find out information about A new free migration advice service at Holroyd/Parramatta Migrant Resources Centre Summer First Aid – ways to stay safe in the heat of the summer Experiencing trauma – Feeling tired and stressed. finding it hard to concentrate and remember information can be [...]
Service Directories NOW AVAILABLE! The House of Welcome has produced directories about services available in your local area. They include information on: Electricity & Food Vouchers Employmet Support and No Interest Loans Legal and Medical Services English Classes Child Care Libraries and Sports Facilities Click on the links below to download information on your local [...]
The ‘Just Comment’ journal Vol 12 No 5 ERC Debunking Asylum Myths 2010.