Asylum Seeker Resource Centre blog

    • 23 JUL 20
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    They don’t care about our lives

    They don’t care about our lives

    Fear and uncertainty are spreading amongst residents of Australian detention centres and Alternative Places Of Detention (APOD) as a staff member at the overcrowded Mantra detention facility in the Melbourne suburb of Preston has tested positive for coronavirus.  Right now more than 1,400 people are being held in detention centres and APODs around Australia. Detention

    • 29 JUN 20
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    The impact of COVID-19 on refugee families and how you can help?

    The impact of COVID-19 on refugee families and how you can help?

    When Ali*, a 34 year old father, lost his work as a taxi driver due to COVID 19, keeping his family from sleeping on the street seemed impossible. Like most people seeking asylum, Ali is ineligible for any form of Government support such as Job Seeker. Ali, his wife Fatima and their nine year old

    • 25 JUN 20
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    Because of you we are here, keeping people safe this winter

    Because of you we are here, keeping people safe this winter

    For more than 19 years the ASRC has been a place of comfort, support and aid for people seeking asylum. For those with no rights to work in Australia and no access to Government safety nets like Centrelink and Medicare, we have always been there to provide assistance when they have had nowhere else to

    • 19 JUN 20
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    The power of smiles from strangers: Sadia’s story of finding community

    The power of smiles from strangers: Sadia’s story of finding community

    “The day my family and I received our permanent residency visas was one of the happiest of my life. That visa was the culmination of a year-long journey starting when my husband and I decided to leave my homeland to seek a safe and peaceful life for our family. My husband, my newly born child