A Special Refugee Day Message from JRS Australia

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Refugee Week – Sunday 18 to Saturday 24 June

Refugee week is the annual celebration of the positive contributions that refugees make in Australia. As we celebrate these achievements, we also centre the difficulties that refugees and people seeking asylum face in Australia and globally.

The theme for 2023 is “Finding Freedom.” The theme reflects the need for all refugees and people seeking asylum to have the freedom to enjoy fundamental human rights and to live without a fear of persecution, judgement, and alienation.

Refugee Week is a time when we tell the current and former refugees as well as the people seeking asylum in our communities that we welcome them and we are happy that they are safe and free.

In whatever place we decide to build our future, in the country of our birth or elsewhere, the important thing is that there always be a community ready to welcome, protect, promote and integrate everyone, without distinctions and without excluding anyone.
His Holiness Pope Francis in his message for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2023

Finding Freedom: Raising Our Voices

At JRS Australia, we invite you to our own special event for Refugee Week, “Raising Our Voices”

On 16 June we welcome you to take part in a night celebrating hearing refugee voices and partaking of delicious Persian food. We’ll enjoy poetry, short films and art.

It is a free event and we hope you might donate what you can to cover the cost of your meal and to support the essential work of the JRS Australia Leadership Program.

Date and time: Friday 16 June 2023 from 6 pm to 9 pm AEST.

Location: Cloister Room, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta NSW at 1 Marist Place.

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Other events during Refugee Week

Feel welcome to join in the many events across Australia that are sure to enliven the week with insightful and spirited talks, shared community, extraordinary cultural experiences and of course, fabulous food.

JRS Australia will also be posting special material from our staff, colleagues and refugee leaders who have lived experience of forced displacement on our Twitter and Facebook.