Refugees and Asylum Seekers excluded from COVID19 Support

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The exclusion of refugees and other people on temporary visas from COVID-19 support is unconscionable at a time when working together and supporting each other is the only solution. Now, more than ever, the provision of health care is a matter of human rights and should not be driven by political imperatives.

In Australia, stringent measures are in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19, but the government has not reduced the heightened risk of infection to those held in immigration detention, or the wider risk that this poses. The government must move everyone out of these facilities and into appropriate housing in the community.

Scott Morrison’s government announced a substantial support package for businesses and workers to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. These are critical measures. But still, the government has not extended support to people seeking asylum on Bridging Visas, people who are facing severe economic distress because of this crisis.

Help us by sending a letter to the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, urging him to take immediate action.