Protection file

Waiting for promises – St. Vincent’s calls for permanent refugee protection

THE Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has called on the Australian government to keep its election promise and offer permanent protection to 19,000 refugees on temporary visas.

In a September 16 statement, the company welcomed the government’s recent decision to increase the reception of 2022-2023 migrants to 195,000 places.

However, the Australian government had still not announced its intention to implement its election promise to offer permanent protection to refugees on temporary visas.

“This delay is causing unnecessary distress to these vulnerable people, many of whom are supported by the Society,” the statement said.

“We call on the government to announce its plan by the end of October, including any funding for this exercise in the October budget.”

The statement came in preparation for the Catholic Church’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Board has produced an information pack to help parishes and other church communities celebrate the day.

“The kit includes stories celebrating the Australian Church’s commitment to a future with migrants and refugees, but also includes a video commenting on the dark side of Australia’s approach to many other vulnerable people seeking our protection, many of which are also backed by the Society,” the statement read. said.

For more information on the Catholic Church’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees Kit, please visit https://www.acmro.catholic.org.au/resources/migrant-refugee-kit/booklet/1413 -migrant-and-refugee-kit- 2022/dossier