The Sisters of The Good Samaritan - Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Asylum seekers and refugees

In Australia today, some of the people most in need of a compassionate neighbour are asylum seekers.

Having sought safety, they are often detained in situations worse than prisons, with no apparent way of being granted a secure a visa.

Others are permitted to live in the community but lack the resources for adequate food, education or housing. They are often left for years without their claim for asylum being processed.

Good Samaritan Sisters and Oblates endeavour to support these women, men and children directly through visiting them, providing casework, sourcing resources and advocating for them with government departments.

Valuable partnerships in this work include the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Refugee Council of Australia, and the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum.

Other sisters support various groups of refugees, especially in the early months and years of being in Australia. Many of these people need support as they recover from the trauma of their past and find their way in a new and foreign community.