Australia

Number of people served: 3,000+

Situated in the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia is a destination for displaced people traveling from central to east Asia and everywhere in between. The majority of refugees in Australia come from Iran, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, or are stateless.

Because of Australia’s position as an island, many migrants attempt to reach the country by boat. Australia’s current immigration legislation reflects this, instituting mandatory detention of unauthorized arrivals, specifically those arriving without visas by boat.

Recently Australia’s immigration policy has become notorious for offshore processing. Under this arrangement Australia sends asylum seekers who arrive by sea to Nauru or Manus Island of Papua New Guinea, where they are detained until their refugee status is determined.

Our Work in Australia

JRS Australia accompanies, serves, and advocates for refugees, people seeking asylum, and other forcibly displaced people. In many cases, these people face destitution, uncertainty, and homelessness as government policy grows increasingly unwelcoming and punitive.

In response, JRS Australia offers dignity and hope through emergency assistance, temporary shelter, a food bank, professional casework, community activities, employment support, school engagement, legal advice, targeted advocacy, and a project to empower women seeking asylum.

Junghee, a volunteer, teaches English at the JRS Arrupe Community Centre in Parramatta. (Denis Bosnic/Jesuit Refugee Service)
Marthe, a JRS food bank volunteer, offers food to refugees at the JRS food bank in the Arrupe Community Centre in Parramatta. (Denis Bosnic/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Contact

JRS Australia Country Director

Carolina Gottardo

info@jrs.org.au

Project locations:

Parramatta, Sydney

Visit the JRS Australia Website