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  • 35 things you can do right now to help refugees
    At a time where we can despair at the cruelty of the Turnbull Government in its treatment of refugees, the good news is you can actually help make things better. By Kon Karapanagiotidis, Founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre You are powerful when you unleash your compassion, passion and talent to create welcome and The post 35 things you can do right now to help refugees appeared first on A...
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  • Taking a moment for perspective
    It was announced last weekend that Australia will host the “Davos of Women” next year, solidifying the importance Australia places on gender equality.  It can be easy to take for granted the status we have as women in Australia.  We might rightfully be able to argue that we aren’t paid equally, but at least we The post Taking a moment for perspective appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource Centre...
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  • The human faces of ‘fast track’: Ahmad’s story
    The government is pressuring 7,500 people seeking asylum through an incredibly complicated legal process called ‘Fast Track’ which has forced them to wait in limbo for years to apply for asylum, and now required them to submit a complex application by 1 October. Some of these people have already been on waiting lists for legal support, and now some The post The human faces of ‘fast track’: Ahmad’s...
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  • The human faces of ‘fast track’: Hashim’s story
    On 21 May, immigration minister Peter Dutton announced a new and nearly impossible deadline for people seeking asylum forced into ‘Fast Track’, which immediately puts thousands of people at risk of being deported back to danger. The complex and long process affects people who arrived by sea between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013, The post The human faces of ‘fast track’: Hashim’s story appear...
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  • Policy change for people in the ‘Fast Track’ refugee process
    Who is this information for? This information is for people seeking asylum who are being processed under the Fast Track system – this means people who arrived by boat in between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013, who have never been taken to Manus Island or Nauru. All people in this group should now The post Policy change for people in the ‘Fast Track’ refugee process appeared first on Asylum Se...
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  • 1562 people at risk of becoming homeless by Christmas due to unfair ‘Fast Track’ policy
    Barkhado is one of 1562 people at risk of becoming homeless, hungry and in need of mental health services by Christmas. Since arriving in Australia from Yemen in 2013, Barkhado and her daughters have had to wait an agonising three and a half years to apply for visa protection. Despite the incomprehensible trauma Barkhado was The post 1562 people at risk of becoming homeless by Christmas due to unf...
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  • New deadline risks people being deported to danger
    Today the Turnbull government has again changed the rules for people seeking asylum, forcing thousands of people to lodge their applications by 1 October 2017. This arbitrary deadline is the latest in a set of measures designed to coerce people into lodging their applications without legal assistance. The irony is that while people are being The post New deadline risks people being deported to dan...
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  • A Broken System
    There are currently two people on Nauru, Khan and Nawaf, who require urgent medical treatment. This treatment is not available or appropriate on Nauru and Khan and Nawaf are in urgent need to be transferred out of Nauru to access the medical treatment and specialist services that they need. A Senior IHMS Medical Officer on The post A Broken System appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
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  • The human cost of ‘Fast Track’
    The Australian Government introduced a new ‘Fast Track’ policy last July which suddenly and drastically changed the refugee determination process. In an attempt to speed up a very complex and difficult process, the government has added tight timeframes while eliminating funded legal assistance. Specifically, the new policy affects those that arrived by boat between August The post The human cost o...
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  • A cultural journey through coffee
    Ahmer* is used to coffee laced with condensed milk. He worked for seven years making coffee that way. Ahmer is a Burmese Muslim. After he was persecuted in his homeland, he fled for Malaysia. The cloying brew was popular in his new home. But, after again being persecuted because of his ethnicity, he fled to The post A cultural journey through coffee appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
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  • Meet our new community engagement team in Brisbane
    Meet Pemba Amuri and Erin Kennedy, the ASRC’s latest recruits who are responsible for delivering our community education and engagement activities in Queensland. In 2016 the community engagement team began working with community groups and advocates in Victoria delivering information,training, discussion groups and workshops that aim to achieve a sustainable change in community attitudes on The po...
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  • Deakin University research findings lead to changes in Foodbank model
    The ASRC’s founding program, Foodbank has evolved from a few boxes of food to now an over one million dollar operation, 85% of which is sourced from generous food sponsors and individual food donors which now feeds around 650 people seeking asylum each week. Most of the people who access Foodbank have no source of The post Deakin University research findings lead to changes in Foodbank model appea...
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  • Building a national conversation
    In the last six months, the Community Engagement team have rolled out community action workshops and conversation projects across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne to support and work alongside people to have a values-based conversation around people seeking asylum. These projects are key to realising the Right Track campaign and the Advocacy and Campaigns’ stream vision to The post Bui...
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  • Notification for people who arrived by boat in between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013
    This information is for people seeking asylum who are being processed under the Fast Track system – this means people who arrived by boat in between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013, who have never been taken to Manus Island or Nauru. All people in this group have now been sent a letter inviting The post Notification for people who arrived by boat in between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013 ...
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  • Take action on climate change while supporting the ASRC
    An energy audit has found that by installing a 50.44kW solar system on our roof, in addition to our current energy saving initiatives, the ASRC would save around $21,000 every year, which could be redistributed back into our life saving programs. So we’ve teamed up with Powershop who will provide a financial contribution to our solar The post Take action on climate change while supporting the ASRC...
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  • Old soccer boots give new life to ASRC soccer team, The Seekers
    While on the way to buy new soccer boots last year, 11 year old Scarlett started thinking about what would happen to her old ones. She couldn’t hand them down to her sisters because they weren’t the right fit and there wasn’t anyone in her soccer club that needed them either. More than anything, Scarlett The post Old soccer boots give new life to ASRC soccer team, The Seekers appeared first on Asy...
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  • La Trobe University partnership to fund six full scholarships for people seeking asylum
    As of this year, La Trobe University, in partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre will offer two full scholarships to support people seeking asylum access higher education every year for the next three years.   For six lucky people, they will overcome the barrier of extravagant international student fees so they can pursue their The post La Trobe University partnership to fund six full s...
  • Our green mission
    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is becoming a green machine, with environmental projects reducing our impact on the planet and saving tens of thousands of dollars. The ASRC Green Team, which was founded in 2014, has driven the changes, which include the installation of energy-efficient lighting, recycling improvements, and a push to install a solar The post Our green mission appeared first on As...
  • Government targets people seeking asylum with threatening legal letters
    The Turnbull Government is heightening fear and confusion among people seeking asylum living in our community, sending out hundreds of letters threatening to cancel bridging visas, deny the right to lodge asylum claims, and cut people off critical support payments. The letters, sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in recent weeks, warn The post Government targets people seek...
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  • Why I volunteer
    By Mayshan Kelishadi, ASRC volunteer When I was nine, my auntie came to Australia from Iran. For certain reasons, we decided it’s best for her and her family that she remain here and seek asylum. It took eight years until she was granted a visa and reunited with her husband and two daughters. Those eight The post Why I volunteer appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
  • Way of the West leading the way to food security
    Inspired by Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to show compassion and care for refugees, schools and parishes in Melbourne’s west aim to collect 40,000 donated food items this year for the 620 people seeking asylum who access the ASRC Foodbank each week. The initiative started by Mark Northeast is called the Way of the West The post Way of the West leading the way to food security appeared first on ...
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  • Getting on the #RightTrack in 2017
    The ASRC is hosting an event that introduces our #RightTrack campaign in 2017 and ways you can get involved, and help change attitudes about the rights of people seeking asylum.  Please join us for this important campaign event on Tuesday, 31 January from 6pm– 8pm to hear about our #RightTrack Campaign in 2017. Event details: Tuesday January
  • The business of caring: ASRC social enterprises thrive in 2016
    Social enterprises founded by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre achieved astonishing success in 2016, with the three businesses earning a staggering 62 per cent more income than the previous year. The ASRC Catering, ASRC Cleaning, and Food Justice Truck social enterprises continue to go from strength to strength, and are a key factor behind the
  • A life he was never meant to live
    Driving over Punt Road on a Tuesday night, Safir* turns on his device and waits for his first job. This is his third night working as an UberEATS driver.  The pay is good and he can work anytime between 8am and 12am on the days he chooses. The flexible hours mean that Safir can still
  • Send an #SOSforYusuf
    The clock is ticking. Yusuf is a refugee man in his 30s in the community on Nauru who appears to have suffered a serious cardiac event more than one month ago. He needs an urgent medical transfer to undergo life-saving treatment that is unavailable on Nauru, but the Australian Government is refusing to act. Medical
  • 134 women helped this year in Australia’s only specialist clinic tackling gender based persecution
    It’s been nearly two years since Emily Singh, ASRC Human Rights Lawyer launched Australia’s only Women’s Clinic to assist vulnerable females suffering from gender-based persecution, including political, religious, race and nationality-based claims. Women are an especially vulnerable group within the asylum seeker community as gender based claims aren’t explicitly enshrined in the UN Refugee Conven...
  • Important information for people being processed under the Fast Track system
    This information is for people seeking asylum who are being processed under the Fast Track system – this means people who arrived by boat in between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013, who have never been taken to Manus Island or Nauru. All people in this group have now been sent a letter inviting
  • An Australian born out of the Bosnian War
    By Dzenana, ASRC volunteer We lived in a town called Konjic, in what is now known as Bosnia and Herzegovina, nestled in the Dinaric Alps 50kms south of Sarajevo. We had Serb and Croat neighbours, but Konjic was a Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) town and at the time, it didn’t seem likely that the border skirmishes
  • ASRC Catering clean up at Social Enterprise Awards
    Can you smell what the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is cooking? The ASRC Catering team claimed an award at the Social Enterprise Awards last Wednesday, taking home the award for the best business with less than 20 full-time employees. The team were one of 26 finalists in eight categories selected by an independent panel, and
  • Food Justice Truck wins VicHealth’s Healthy Happy Heroes Award
    At Federation Square last week on 1 December, the Food Justice Truck won the Healthy Happy Heroes (kid’s choice) Award, chosen by the students from Sunshine North Primary School, selected under the guidance of the Governor of Victoria the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, VicHealth and YMCA. The Truck was also finalist in a new category,
  • Mio nonno: my grandfather’s story
    by Michelle, ASRC volunteer My grandfather, Adolfo Calligaro, arrived in Australia from northern Italy in 1927. He was a keen cyclist and amateur boxer and did national service with the Alpini. But he became uncomfortable in Italy with the rise of fascism and decided to bring his skills and energy to strike out in a
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  • You get what you give
    Most mornings when Mohammad* wakes up, he looks at his phone just like most other Australians today. But while we all check our email, Facebook or missed calls, he checks his UN mobile app that tells him what bombs have gone off overnight in his home country of Afghanistan.   The day I met him,
  • 3,000 people seeking asylum given access to VET courses in Victoria
    In September, the Andrews Labor Government announced $15 million in funding to provide 3,000 placements for VET courses to people seeking asylum on eligible visas in Victoria from July 2016 to June 2018. This has been made possible through an agreement between the Victoria State Government and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) who will directly
  • Shining a spotlight on forgotten men of Christmas Island
    The human cost of Australia’s immigration detention system is revealed in media reports detailing conditions inside the Christmas Island detention centre, where people seeking asylum are languishing with little outside contact, difficult access to legal assistance and inadequate mental healthcare. Refugee advocates Pamela Curr, from ASRC, and Sr Brigid Arthur, from the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Pro...
  • The Forgotten Men of Christmas Island
    Refugee advocates Pamela Curr, from ASRC, and Sr Brigid Arthur, from the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project, traveled to Christmas Island to visit the men seeking asylum, who are currently held in the detention centre, more than 2600 kilometers from the nearest capital city, Perth. There they found an environment of fear and physical violence where

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