We are united by the vision of an open hearted Australia where people seeking refuge or asylum are treated with justice and compassion.
The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the employment and mental health of people seeking asylum who have not been granted permanent residency. As casual workers in low paid jobs, they were amongst the first to lose their jobs.
Since the onset of the Coronavirus, we have found that individuals and households who were managing before have been left with no income at all and have used up their limited savings. The lockdown has also had a very detrimental affect on people’s mental health.
In 2021, BMRSG spent $209 000 on refugee support. Two main areas of assistance stood out:
- $116 000 on rent relief
- $38,000 on food assistance
36 families have received practical assistance such as food, rent, phones, and medications.
11 of these families are single parent families headed by women with 21 children between them.
20 people seeking asylum in detention in Australia are in contact with BMRSG. We assist with mobile phones, phone recharging, warm clothing, toiletries, presents for Christmas, advocacy and legal assistance.
Without access to social security payments and denied a chance to work, many refugees and asylum seekers rely wholly on the generosity of others. Your donation can make all the difference. We ask that you donate to refugees in Australia.
BMRSG is a completely voluntary organisation. Our administration costs are met from our membership fees. 100% of your donation goes to supporting our work with refugees. We want to help you understand what it’s like for new arrivals in our country and how we can help them.
BMRSG will endeavour as soon as possible after a donation is received to provide a receipt, but if an address or email isn’t provided, then we can’t send a receipt unless you ask for it.