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Refugee and Asylum Seeker Law
An Asylum Seeker
An asylum seeker is a person who has fled from his or her own country due to fear of persecution and has applied for (legal and physical) protection in another country but has not yet had their claim for protection assessed.
An Internally Displaced Person
An internally displaced person is someone who is living inside the boarders of their own country but is unable to safely live in their own home or region.
A migrant is someone who voluntarily chooses to leave his or her own country and make a new life in another country.
A refugee is a person who has fled his or her own country and cannot return due to fear of persecution and has been given refugee status.
How are we called to help refugees and asylum seekers?
As we are all made in the image of God, He wants us to care for those seeking refuge in another country, whether they are fleeing from persecution, armed conflicts, natural disasters, or economic conditions that have a threat to their lives.
How is asylum seeking portrayed in The Bible?
God explains in the Old Testament that we are called to 'welcome the stranger' and 'love thy neighbour'. These are just two basic examples of what God wants us to do in our lives. The loving of thy neighbour and welcoming of the stranger includes how we should treat refugees and asylum seekers.
UNITED NATIONS INVOLVEMENT
United Nations believe Australia is breeching international law in regards to how asylum seekers are treated.
This is because of the "harsh conditions, the frequent unrest and violence inside the centre and the failure to protect certain vulnerable individuals".
The Torture Convention disallows individuals to be subjected to inhuman or harmful treatment. The Australian Government chose to lock up the asylum seekers in their country, and leave them on an island which fails to meet this basic standard.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides a variety of facilities and resources for refugees and asylum seekers.
The UN works with willing governments to provide quality education. It is stated that education is a basic human right that the In plan to promote and implement in the lives of refugee children of all ages.
The UN also provide support for refuges how have been affected by environmental disasters and climate change to ensure they are looked after and recover safely.
In severe weather conditions, the UN provides shelter for refugees. Ranging from scorching hot days to blistering cold nights, tents and plastic sheets are given to help during these times.
The UN aims to improve the living conditions of all asylum seekers to improve the overall public health. This organisation also supplies medical needs and food to all asylum seekers and refugees.
Have a set number of asylum seekers and refugees that are allowed in annually and accommodate for them
This will benefit both those looking to seek refuge and the country they are doing so in. By making a certain number legal, it will make seeking refuge a lot safer. It will also give the specific country time to plan how they will assist all individuals.
Offer better living conditions and treatment to those on Nauru and Manus Island
By providing clean tents and plastic sheeting, all refugees and asylum seekers will have cleaner living areas on each island. This will make the waiting process much more pleasant and healthier.