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Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

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Give hope to Afghan refugees and their families

The Australian Government needs to hear our voices before Christmas.

There are 2.6 million Afghan refugees worldwide and 3.5 million internally displaced people within Afghanistan with numbers rapidly rising.

Winter is coming. The health care system is on the point of collapse and food shortages are looming.

Please consider writing  a heart-felt letter to the Prime Minister and your local MP to ask the Government to announce a generous response to Afghan refugees soon so as to give them hope and reassurance.

Your letter will be most effective if you use your own style and your own words, but you may wish to include some or all of the following points:

We want all MPs to support us in our call to the Prime Minister:

  • Request that the government grant all the people from Afghanistan who are already in Australia on temporary visas  permanent protection with full residency rights.
  • Request that the government set and announce a compassionate and appropriate intake number of at least 20,000 for Afghan refugees to be settled in Australia over the next few years. This will give hope and reassurance to already traumatized people who are living in fear and insecurity.
  • Thank the government for the life-changing announcement that fully vaccinated refugee and humanitarian visa holders will be able to enter Australia from 1 December 2021. This brings hope for 9,500 refugees who were previously approved to come to Australia and have been waiting to enter the country since March 2020.
  • Assure your local MP that you/your Church/your congregation/your community [use the term applicable in your situation] will be ready to assist with the welcome and settlement of refugees in your area.

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This call for letters is an action of love and compassion, initiated by the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). 

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