The Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc (BMRSG) was formed in 2001 out of the outrage felt by our community when Australia ignored the international law of the sea and refused to take refugees rescued at sea by the Norwegian freighter The Tampa. We have been working for justice for refugees ever since
We are a refugee support organisation made up of ordinary Australians from all sides of politics. The organisation has no specific religious affiliations. We are an incorporated association, registered in NSW and a registered charity. We are all volunteers.
Visiting people detained in Villawood Detention Centre and people seeking asylum living in the community
Providing practical assistance including; emergency supplies, no-interest loans, referrals to legal assistance, help with employment and further training
Assisting with: education expenses, medical expenses, swimming lessons and sporting teams
Meeting needs as they arise if funds and volunteers are available.
People become refugees because they will die or be subjected to intolerable living conditions if they stay. We must address the causes of this by investing in peace and standing up for persecuted minorities. People get on unsafe boats in our region because they have no safe place in their transit country. We need to support better funding for UNHCR processing centres in our region, and rights for those refugees hosted there. We advocate for humane and fair treatment of people seeking asylum, however, they get here.