12 months. 12 ways to build a welcoming Australia.
The Refugee Council of Australia is declaring 2020, the #YearOfWelcome. You can add your name to the cause and we will send you one action each month to help foster a more welcoming and inclusive Australia towards refugees and people seeking asylum. The actions will be simple, locally-focused actions.
January – A video message of welcome – We are creating a crowdsourced welcome video, to be shown to people who arrive in Australia. We are asking you to submit a message of support to newly arrived refugees, which will be collated into a short, impactful video that lets people know they are supported by the Australian community when they most need to hear it. Read more about the action here.
February – Learn from people of refugee background – Too often, people with direct lived experience as refugees are not at the centre of discussions about refugee policy and representation. This month we are asking you to take some time to listen. We have a range of videos you can watch, including an incredible session from our Refugee Alternatives Conference from February 13-14 2020 in Brisbane. This session was on the topic ‘Unpacking Lived Experience’ and was a profound and insightful discussion.
March – Email your MP about COVID-19 – The world has completely shaken by the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every part of our society has been affected, this includes refugees and people seeking asylum, yet so far they have been mostly forgotten in the Federal government’s response. This month we are asking you to email your local MP asking them to raise five key issues with key Ministers to ensure people have the support they need to stay safe, healthy and connected.
April – A call to action from Shanika to contact the Prime Minister – Shanika is seeking asylum in Australia and was stood down as a result of COVID-19. She is calling on you to contact Scott Morrison on Twitter to send him a message that he needs to ensure #NobodyLeftBehind during this pandemic.