The government policies keeping families separated
There are thousands of people who have been recognised as refugees in Australia but, until very recently, only received temporary protection.
These refugees were barred from visiting family members while they waited years for their applications to be assessed. They were then excluded from sponsoring their families once they were recognised as needing refugee protection. Even now, with permanent visas, their only path to family reunion is the exorbitantly expensive Migration Program, costing up to $20,000+ per family.
With their family members in critically dangerous situations overseas, many refugees here are experiencing increasing distress for their families and uncertainty around when they will be able to bring them to safety.
Your support is critical in reforming the family reunion system, and bringing an end to the deliberately punitive policies keeping refugee families apart.