Caritas builds awareness of issues affecting refugees and migrants.
Caritas advocates on issues affecting refugees and migrants, both in New Zealand and internationally. we work to build awareness of refugee issues, through building local relationships with refugee and migrant groups, and through our international partnerships responding to the needs of displaced people.
The Catholic Church’s Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants, which usually falls during Refugee Week, provides a local focus for many groups to consider refugee issues. Advocacy to government has included submissions on immigration changes and policy around DNA testing of refugees. Caritas does not undertake individual refugee cases.
In June 2012, the government is considering a legislative change which would allow the detention of asylum seekers who arrive in groups. Caritas has serious concerns about the Immigration Amendment Bill and other policy changes. Please write a letter opposing the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. Read more here.