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Human Rights Migrants

Grattan Institute calls for overhaul of visa rules to protect migrant workers 

One in six migrants is paid less than the national minimum wage according to a new report by the Grattan Institute, which says governments have failed to stop the exploitation of migrant workers. Source: ABC News.

Migrants Pope Francis Refugees

People should be free to choose, not forced, to migrate: Pope

Everyone should be free – not forced – to leave their homeland, to remain in their new host nation and to return to their country of origin, Pope Francis says in his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Source: CNS.


Catholic leaders outraged over fatal detention centre fire

Catholic leaders have expressed sorrow and outrage after a fire in a Mexican immigration detention centre claimed the lives of at least 40 migrants, who appeared to be abandoned by guards as flames engulfed their locked cells. Source: OSV News.

Disability Migrants

‘It’s a miracle’: Family saved days before deportation

Sydney parishioners the Donagemma family received the miracle they prayed for to help them stay in Australia days before they were due to be deported. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Migrants United Kingdom

UK bishops emphasise dignity in new document on migrants 

The bishops of England and Wales have published a document on the Catholic response to refugees and migrants, days after the bishops conference’s lead on the subject criticised the British Government’s Illegal Migration Bill. Source: The Tablet.

Disability Migrants

Visa hope for Down syndrome kids as Minister overturns family’s rejection

Families of children with Down syndrome seeking visas to stay in Australia are feeling hopeful after a Perth family was granted permanent residency following a ministerial intervention – but discrimination remains. Source: SBS News.

Disability Migrants

Perth family of boy with Down syndrome urges minister to stop deportation

A Perth family facing deportation because their child has Down syndrome is pleading with Immigration Minister Andrew Giles to intervene in the case. Source: SBS News.

Families Migrants

Migration rules could split Catholic family

After 17 years in Australia, the Donagemma family is praying that they won’t be forced apart by immigration rules when their youngest daughter desperately needs them to stay together. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Europe Migrants

Pope prays for migrants lost at sea in latest Mediterranean tragedy

Pope Francis and leaders of the Church in Italy have expressed their pain and sent prayers for the eternal rest of at least 59 migrants who died in a shipwreck yesterday off the southern coast of Italy. Source: ACI Prensa.