Asylum Seeker Resource Centre blog

    • 22 SEP 20
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    Is friendship the greatest challenge facing some refugees?

    Is friendship the greatest challenge facing some refugees?

    When Abdul and his wife Lubna first arrived in Australia seeking safety, the pair settled in Dandenong in Melbourne’s South-East, home to Victoria’s largest refugee community. But soon after moving into their new neighbourhood, Lubna became seriously ill and was in desperate need of medical care. Without legal rights to a Medicare card or any

    • 09 SEP 20
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    Building a new hope in Melbourne’s South-East

    Building a new hope in Melbourne’s South-East

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) began as a response to a growing need in the community. All those years ago when families seeking asylum first started coming to us for help, our community of compassion rallied together to provide people with the things they needed most. And as peoples’ needs continued to increase in

    • 20 AUG 20
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    How seeking asylum impacts on seeking employment

    How seeking asylum impacts on seeking employment

    Finding a job right now is extremely difficult. But for many people seeking asylum, the extra barriers to finding employment during a pandemic can be almost insurmountable.  And without access to government safety nets, such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker, people seeking asylum are relying on a regular income to survive COVID-19. With the support of

    • 03 AUG 20
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    We are still here

    We are still here

    Last week an ASRC staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure we closed our centre in Footscray until further notice. We’re looking forward to opening again when it’s safe to do so. But despite the centre being physically closed, the ASRC remains open to support people seeking asylum. Thanks to the