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News April 2014

Hearing the Evidence

National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention  

On the 14 March 2014 the Australian Human Rights Commission held its first public hearing to receive evidence about the conditions faced by children in immigration detention. The commission heard of children physically harming themselves, children with rotten teeth and infected sores, children living under constant surveillance in an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.Click here to read more.

Pro-Life Immigration Policy  

United States Bishops call for Immigration Reform 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014, may go down as the day immigration reform officially became a ‘pro-life’ cause for the Church in the United States. On this day, a group of nine American prelates led by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Pope Francis’ closest adviser in the United States, travelled to Nogales in Arizona to celebrate a Mass at the United States/Mexican border to commemorate the estimated 6,000 people who have lost their lives trying to cross the border, and to host a news conference urging immigration reform. Read more

SA Launch the 'Welcome Dinner Project' 

We arrived as strangers and departed as friends 

On Friday 21 March volunteers for the Christian Brothers in Adelaide, in partnership with Sydney non-profit organisation Joining the Dots, hosted the South Australian launch of ‘The Welcome Dinner Project’ in Sydney’s Martin Place. Welcome Dinners are designed to provide an opportunity for newly arrived people and other Australians to meet over dinner in the comfort of their own home. Click here to read more.  

A flood of refugees, or a drop in the bucket?  

Reading UNHCR's Asylum Trends 2013 report in context. 

The UNHCR’s Asylum Trends 2013 report shows large numbers of people have applied for asylum in the industrialised world over the past year, however these numbers are actually quite small compared to the scale of the crises from which they originate. New research shows industrialised countries combined have offered assistance to just 0.64% of the total number of displaced Syrians with the vast majority seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.  Click here to read the report. 

UNHCR Report

Industrialised countries see 28 per cent jump in asylum applications 

A recent UNHCR report shows a significant increase in asylum claims in 44 industrialised countries during 2013, largely due to the crisis in Syria. Germany received the highest number of asylum claims, with North America receiving the second highest number of applications. Click here to read more.

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