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Christmas 2011: Refugees and asylum seekers

24 December 2011


The long journey home

09 October 2011 | Fatima Measham

The long journey homeMore than 7.2 million people are living in protracted refugee situations (defined as being longer than five years away from home) around the world, waiting for some hope of getting away from insecurity and persecution. Yves Zihalirwa is one of the lucky ones to have found a home away from the camps.

Sharing the gift of a new life

09 October 2011 | Marguerite Marshall

Sharing the gift of a new life A member of a previous generation of refugees has devoted his life to helping people in his former country, first to find a new home, and now to receive life-altering surgery.

The 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

24 December 2011 |

It's up to us to find a compassionate solution to refugee issues. Commit yourselves to doing 12 things for refugees over the Advent period.

Travelling half a world in their shoes

09 October 2011 | Tim Kroenert

Travelling thousands of kilometres in their shoesWould spending time learning what life was like for refugees create more empathy towards their plight? The recent SBS program Go Back To Where You Came From sought to find out.

Capturing the journey

09 October 2011 | Michele Gierck

Capturing the journeyFor a group of women from the Horn of Africa, collaborating together on a book of stories for children has been a chance to ensure the full story of their journey from often dangerous homes to a place of safety has been captured forever.

Busting the myths

09 October 2011 | Vanessa Kelly

Busting asylum seeker mythsGetting our facts straight about refugee issues.

Refugees - the compassionate solution

09 October 2011 | Catherine Marshall

Refugees: The compassionate solution Refugees, particularly those arriving by boats, have been a hot-button topic in Australian politics for a number of years. Beyond the political rhetoric about stopping the boats, securing our borders and stopping people smugglers lie real human beings in terrible situations, making a desperate attempt to find a safe and secure place to live.

Opening new doors

09 October 2011 | Virginia Small

Opening new doorsRefugees living indefinitely in camps around the world not only require sustenance; they need means to improve their lives - especially education.

Explorations: Our response to refugees

09 October 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Our response to refugeesHow we respond to refugees is determined by our response to all strangers who come to us in need. As Christians, our response is guided by Biblical stories such as the exile of the Jewish people and their gratitude to God for finding them a home. In the same way, we are called to share what we have with others, and to be grateful for the gifts that they share with us.

Editorial: Opening hearts to asylum seekers

24 December 2011 | Fr Maurizio Pettena CS

It is an honour to welcome you to this edition of Australian Catholics, one which focuses on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Unguarded moments: Christmas refuge

24 December 2011 | Ann Rennie

We know through our Christmas story that within weeks of his birth, our saviour Jesus Christ was forced to undertake a perilous journey to escape persecution. There must be a special place in His heart for refugees today.

A letter to Santa

09 October 2011 | Michael McGirr

A letter to SantaDear Father Christmas,
We are writing to let you know that your application for asylum in Australia has been denied. You will not be permitted to enter Australian airspace on December 24. The relevant matters are dealt with below. We are taking a bi-partisan approach to this matter.

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