Catholic Social Services joins call to increase Afghan intake

Joshua Lourensz (CSSV)

Catholic Social Services Victoria has assured Afghani communities across Victoria that it “stands in solidarity” with them following the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Joshua Lourensz, executive director of CSSV said “we want to ensure that those in our communities know we see them, we hear them, and we stand in solidarity with them”.

“We are deeply concerned for and recognise the pain and difficulty of those 5100 people who have come from Afghanistan and are on a temporary protection visa in Australia – many in Victoria – who are unable, due to current policy stipulations, to apply for visas that would allow their family to come to Australia through the humanitarian program.

“In addition, they have no pathway to secure settlement. This group continue to live with an added layer of anxiety given the changing state surrounding their families who are back in their homeland.

“While the Australian Government continues to withhold the ability to apply for humanitarian family reunification for this cohort, this places their lives and families in a tenuous situation. With the situation in Afghanistan fundamentally changed, Australia’s policies also need to fundamentally change.”

Currently, there are about 50,000 Afghanistan-born people living in Australia.

Mr Lourensz said CSSV supported Australian Catholic Bishop Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s request for the Morrison Government to increase its humanitarian intake for Afghans.

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