Catholics In Coalition for Justice and Peace

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

Australia's onshore detention system slammed by Human Rights Commission

Posted Jun 27, 2019

The Australian Human Rights Commission's latest report examines onshore immigration detention. "Australia's system of mandatory immigration detention continues to result in people being detained when there is no valid justification under international law ...more

Australia votes: Tap into resources on refugee issues

Posted Apr 12, 2019

Australia's next federal election has been called for 18 May, and we expect robust debate about the country's future.This is an important time to promote durable solutions to displacement. Elections give all citizens a voice and a choice. ...more

Medical transfers from offshore processing to Australia

Posted Mar 9, 2019

Medical transfers from offshore processing to Australia

What is the MedEvac legislation and what does it do? As the Prime Minister re-opens the Christmas Island detention centre, the Kaldor Centre explains the facts behind medical transfers from offshore detention to Australia. ...more

#Kids off Nauru - sign the petition

Posted Aug 29, 2018

#Kids off Nauru - sign the petition

The situation for children in detention on Nauru is bleak. Join the push to have all children and their families removed from Nauru to Australia by Universal Children's Day - 20 November 2018. ...more

Alternative Solution #WithRefugees

Posted Jun 4, 2018

Alternative Solution #WithRefugees

There's a workable alternative to Australia's asylum policy. The bad example set by Australia is damaging a global system already in crisis. But it's not too late to change tack, write James Hathaway and Daniel Ghezelbash. ...more

Funding cuts threaten safety of asylum seekers

Posted May 4, 2018

The latest Federal Government withdrawal of financial, case work and trauma counselling support to thousands of people who are living in our community threatens their safety. The House of Welcome asks us to open ourselves to the human stories and needs ...more

Your next meal could help change lives

Posted Apr 20, 2018

Your next meal could help change lives

Four Brave Women is a cafe initiative of The Trading Circle in Summer Hill that aims to give refugees experience over 8 weeks as cooks. The aim is for them to be able to operate and grow their own small business. ...more

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


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.