It’s World Refugee Day today and there’s a lot you can do.
It’s almost impossible to imagine the strength, courage and determination that a person needs to flee their country and seek asylum. But there are many ways we can support refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and it’s easier than you think.
What can I do?
When asylum seekers arrive in their new situation, finding employment is one of many tough challenges they need to overcome.
We celebrate the initiatives around Australia that support refugees and asylum seekers to find the dignity that comes with work and gives them the means to provide for themselves and their families. Here’s a handful of organisations doing just that and making it easy for you to support refugees and asylum seekers in Australia:
1. ASRC Catering (Melbourne)– wonderful food made by asylum seekers, this catering is about global flavour with contemporary flair.
2. Tamil Feasts (Melbourne)- traditional Sri Lankan dishes prepared by Tamil chefs – who also happen to be seeking asylum in Australia. Book early they often sell out.
3. Free to Feed (Melbourne) – unique cooking classes brought to you by talented chefs seeking asylum and refuge (see image below).
4. Parliament on King (Sydney) – award winning café and catering with dishes from the countries of origin of their asylum seekers and refugee chefs .
5. The Social Outfit (Sydney) – a fashion label with a difference, beautifully designed clothing that provides support and social inclusion for refugees and new migrants.
6. Sisterworks (Melbourne and online) – handmade crafts and gifts that provide vital income for women migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, supporting them on their entrepreneurial journey in Australia. Pictured above.
Get informed, volunteer, donate
There’s a lot of misinformation about asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Sometimes just becoming informed can make a big difference. We love the work of the ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre). They have great resources and myth busters as well as numerous volunteer opportunities. This year they’re running a telethon on World Refugee Day.
We’d love to hear what you do for World Refugee Day this year.
(Images courtesy of Sisterworks and Free to Feed)