Seeking Refuge WA

By The Humanitarian Group


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Seeking refuge WA - I'll help you apply!

In 2014 the Australian government froze the granting of permanent protection visas to people seeking refuge in Australia, and placed in limbo 1000s of people. The Australian government also stopped providing funded legal assistance to help people apply for a protection visa.

According to the government, a protection visa means that a refugee can remain in Australia for the duration of their visa. But for someone who is a refugee, a protection visa means so much more.

It means they will no longer live in fear of being returned back to the terrible situations which they fled.

Currently there are around 1,500 people in our communities in Western Australia in this situation. The Humanitarian Group has already helped many apply for protection here because they fled another country where they experienced, or were at risk of experiencing, torture and persecution.

We know there are around 200 more people seeking asylum in WA who need our help. Being without funded legal assistance means having no lawyer and no supporting interpreting service (have you ever filled in a questionnaire with over 100 questions in a second language?). The Humanitarian Group – a Perth based not for profit legal centre - has stepped up to help but it desperately needs more funds to do this. It costs $800 to provide this support for each person seeking asylum.

How can you help?

Our request is simple – that you financially help them apply by meeting some of The Humanitarian Group’s costs. Every dollar you can give counts and will provide immediate funding of legal clinics, interpreters, supervising migration agents and support staff who are essential to keeping the clinic open.

Please donate today.

We’re ambitious. We want to give at least half the people on The Humanitarian Group’s waiting list hope and certainty of safety. We need to raise $80 000 to help them with their visa application. Ever $ counts, so say “Yes - I’ll help you apply!’ and donate what you can today.

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