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Asylum Seekers and Refugees

CCJP Action and Advocacy

CCJP is actively promotes and advocates for a fair and justice approach to asylum seekers and refugees. Click here to read about CCJP initiatives including seminars, letters to Ministers and submissions.


Latest News

10 years on - Where do we go from here?

Posted Oct 26, 2017

10 years ago, filmmakers followed Phil Glendenning as he tracked down people who were deported by the Australian Government after their claims for protection were rejected. A Well-Founded Fear is the filmed story of the search. ...more

Sydney Palm Sunday Rally photos

Posted Apr 16, 2017

Updated on Jun 22, 2017

Over 3,000 people from a broad range of organisations rallied in Sydney's Hyde Park North on a hot afternoon to demand the landing of all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru into Australia. ...more

BREAKING: Refugee movement comes together to call for immediate evacuation of offshore camps

Posted Feb 3, 2017

Open statement calling for immediate action on offshore detention by coalition of 70 organisations ...more

Half of Australia's 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be settled by just one Sydney council

Posted Jan 29, 2017

At least half of Australia's special intake of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees will be settled in one part of western Sydney within 12 months, prompting community leaders to plead for more federal government support to deal with the unusually high intake. Fairfield City Council, which welcomed 3000 humanitarian arrivals from the ...more

We are links in the chain of asylum seeker cruelty

Posted Dec 1, 2016

We are links in the chain of asylum seeker cruelty

An honest, reflective and challenging Eureka Street article by Rod Grant ...more

Nov 25th - Dec 10th: 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

Posted Nov 25, 2016

November 25th  ( ) is the start of the United Nations - declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day  ( ) The theme this year is: ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for ...more

RCOA - Urgent Action Request

Posted Nov 22, 2016

RCOA - Urgent Action Request

 ACTION UPDATE We recently wrote about two controversial proposals from the Australian Government. Today, we need your help in standing alongside people seeking asylum to make sure that they are treated with compassion and fairness. Here are simple ways you can help: 1. Join us in calling for #SafetyForAll the people that our Government ...more

Updates from CAPSA - Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum

Posted Oct 27, 2016

Updates from CAPSA - Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum

We believe that together we CAN make a difference, starting with small acts of kindness and hospitality and becoming a collective voice demanding more compassionate asylum seeker policies. ...more

Private resettlement models offer a way for Australia to lift its refugee intake

Posted Oct 3, 2016

Private resettlement models offer a way for Australia to lift its refugee intake

Original article in The Conversation By Susan Kneebone, Asher Hirsch and Audrey Macklin   Photo: Millions of refugees are seeking asylum worldwide. (Reuters: Alkis Konstantinidis)     No-one disputes the urgent need for co-operative solutions to the global crisis of displaced people, estimated at 65 million people. But the chances of co-operation in the resettlement ...more

The Elephant in The Room - RCOA welcomes commitments on displacement but urges resolution on offshore detention

Posted Sep 28, 2016

The Elephant in the Room This week has seen two historic summits take place in New York, with the aim of building solutions for the global displacement crisis.  The first, the UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees, brought together political leaders and civil society representatives to sign the New York Declaration on ...more


Resources on Asylum Seekers

Our Resources page has more information on refugees and asylum seekers, including links to useful resources and forums.

Special topics:

The 2013 Federal Election: CCJP's Federal Election Check Out on Asylum Seekers

The Asylum Seeker Centre NSW -  Pre-election Statement


Fore more information on Adverse ASIO Assessments - click here

For more on the 'Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers' -  click here


Sunday Seminar Papers

Apr 2013: The Politics of Skilled / Labour Migration. Dr. Chris Wright highlights the intersections between politics and policy of skilled immigration, family immigration & asylum seeker issues. Read a summary here or the full transcript here.

Sept 2012: Refugees: Appealing to our better angels by John Menadue AO. Read a transcript of his address here.