• image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
Monday, 23 May 2016 11:36

Humanitarian lawyer tells reality of situation facing refugees

Rate this item
(0 votes)

those who came across the seasThe reality of the situation facing asylum seekers and refugees was front and centre at a recent forum co-ordinated by the Archdiocesan Catholic Alliance for Refugees, which featured Human Rights lawyer and CEO of the Humanitarian Group, Helen Pearce, as guest speaker.

In presenting a number of key facts and figures about asylum seekers and refugees, Ms Pearce spoke about the legal battle that refugees and asylum seekers face when they arrive in Australia.

As part of her presentation, Ms Pearce explained in detail the various legal consequences depending on the method of arrival. These consequences depend on the specific date they arrived and whether they arrived by boat or plane.

Current statistics presented by Ms Pearce show that there is an estimated 2,000 people currently living in Western Australia who arrived by boat between August 2012 and December 2013.

And, in an effort to assist those who cannot afford legal assistance, the Humanitarian Group established the Temporary Protection Visa Project to provide free assistance, including
group information sessions across 10 language groups.

Read the full article written by Jamie O'Brien published on 19 May 2016 in The Record, the weekly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.