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Social Justice Issue: Refugees

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Refugees have been emerging as a social justice issue for nearly a century. Refugee is defined in the dictionary as “a person who has left their country due to war, persecution or natural disaster”. The Prime Ministers of the last decade have been denying loads, if not all refugees, and instead sending them to Cambodia and Christmas Island.
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Social Justice Issue: Refugees
This then makes this problem larger and larger by the month. On a global scale, the country with the most refugees around the world is Afghanistan, with a whopping 2.5 million refugees. In 2012, Australia had over 17 thousand refugees, forcing them to deny over 3 thousand refugees, sticking to their strict 15 thousand rule. Overall, 775 000 refugees live in Australia since WWII.
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In Brisbane, 40% of the residents in Brisbane alone are migrants and refugees, which adds up to 817 200 people. The refugees are being affected because they’re trying to get into Australia, a freedom-filled country from the horrible conditions of their country and are being rejected
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because our government don’t want outsiders, and then the refugees are sent to refugee camps in Christmas Island and Cambodia. To quote our current Prime minister “If I was in a refugee camp somewhere on the Pakistani border, of course I'd want to come to Australia.” To Conclude, refugees have been emerging as a global issue.
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The bible has many great lessons and references to refugees. Exodus 23:9 says “do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt” this refers to when the Jews were once in Egypt, but escaped via the red sea. This teaches us that that we should not treat outsiders, in this case refugees, oppressively, for example sending them away or treating them badly.
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This relates to the Lazarus story. Lazarus was treated poorly for what little he had, but he went to heaven and the rich person went to hell. The passage teaches us that you should ‘treat you neighbour as you would yourself’ which is a ten commandment, and it applies to all of these quotes.
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Another reference in the bible about refugees is from Genesis 1:26, 28 “Begin with the conviction that asylum seekers are made in god’s image and are, therefore, worthy of respect and dignity”. This teaches us that everyone is made in God’s image and should be treated with the same respect as any human.
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This relates to the catholic social teachings, especially stewardship of creation, because like animals and plants, whe should take care of the refugees, who need all the help they can get. To conclude, the bible has plenty of references and teachings.
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There are plenty of ways to help the refugees in need of help. Locally, there is a company in that helps out refugees in Brisbane, called the Brisbane Refugee and Asylum seeker support network, and anyone can get involved by signing up. This refugee support team does plenty of things, for example, they do big planned activities, such as fishing and cricket, with MDA (Multicultural Developmen Association) members.
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In Australia, we have the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), who are a non-profit, non-government organisation who are very helpful to refugees. Their base of operations is in ACT, and they work with refugees with all of the donations. As a member of this group, you are entitled to regular briefings and assisting refugees.
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Internationally, there is, coincidentally named, refugees international, and independent organisation that started in 1979 as a citizen’s movement to protect refugees. On the website, you can donate, which is a big help considering that they do not take money from the UN. To conclude, There are plenty of ways to help refugees
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