We know that Australians have big hearts, and welcome people from all over the globe. We’re simply asking for a system that allows that generosity to flourish, and welcomes refugees into our communities.
See the presentation slides here. The Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) has been advocating for the introduction of a community refugee sponsorship program in Australia, which would enable ordinary Australians to […]
As Australia begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is being urged to show bold leadership and introduce a new, affordable refugee community sponsorship program. The call comes […]
Asher Hirsch, Khanh Hoang, and Anthea Vogl Originally published in Asylum Insight December 2019 Last month the world watched as Amirhossein Sahragard, a refugee from Australia’s offshore detention centre in Papua […]
New research by Anthea Vogl, Khanh Hoang and Asher Hirsch published in the Canadian journal Refuge sheds a light on the history and development of sponsorship in Australia. Australia’s Private Refugee Sponsorship Program: […]
Uniting Church WA supports a whole-of-community approach to resettling refugees The Uniting Church WA (UCA WA) calls for a compassionate and generous refugee sponsorship program; supporting the introduction of a new […]
Today the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) launched a new vision for an expanded and improved community sponsorship scheme at a community summit in Melbourne. The CRSI vision will allow ordinary […]
15 January 2019 SUBMISSION: AUSTRALIA SHOULD FOLLOW IN FOOTSTEPS OF CANADIAN COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP MODEL The Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) is urging the Australian Government to consider its community sponsorship model […]
Community sponsorship was highlighted on Tom Ballard’s (satirical) Tonightly Show on the ABC! The segment highlights the amazing success of the Canadian program and asks why we in Australia are lagging […]
On July 16, Ministers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, Spain and New Zealand underlined their support for community-based refugee sponsorship in advance of the 2018 United Nations General Assembly […]
the Kaldor Centre hosted a presentation by Professor Audrey Macklin, Chair in Human Rights Law and Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. As Australia establishes a Community Support Program that enables community sponsorship of humanitarian entrants, what can be learned from the experiences in Canada?
In Canada, private sponsorship of refugees has been part of the resettlement landscape since the Indochinese refugee crisis in the late 1970s and is estimated to have resettled around 280,000 refugees since that time.