Submission to the Australian Refugee Rights Alliance on current issues of concern to refugee populations

On 29 March 2012, the Refugee Council of Australia sought submissions from its members and supporters on current issues of concern to refugee populations, and in particular, issues of concern to refugee populations in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. The St Vincent de Paul Society welcomes the opportunity to contribute a submission based on our experience of working with people who have sought refuge in Australia. We consider it a privilege to assist, and stand in solidarity with, these people.

The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society (“the Society”) is unable to provide comment on issues of concern to refugee populations in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa directly as it does not have staff in those regions, and therefore does not have access to information affecting refugees in those areas. Nonetheless, the Society wishes to make comment on concerns facing the Australian refugee population more broadly, as the majority1 of refugees who apply for asylum are from the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.