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NSW Refugee Network

Playing for Change Sports Festival, June 2014 © Elizabeth BanPlaying for Change Sports Festival. Taken June 2014. © Elizabeth Ban

We are a group of volunteer grassroots activists who are deeply concerned with issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees.

It is a complex, and often heated, area of policy debate that can be clouded by misconceptions and misunderstandings. The politicisation of asylum seekers has led to much frustration and disappointment within the community. However, there is an ever-growing movement of passionate people looking to get involved and raise awareness of refugee rights in a positive way.

If you’re looking to share ideas with a group of like-minded people, from all walks of life, come along to one of our meetings!

What we do

We meet and hold events to share opinions, news and ideas for campaigning on issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees both in Australia, and globally. Our activities are limited only by our creativity! We are always on the lookout for new ways to raise awareness in the community, and share positive stories about refugees.

Amnesty International Australia has a broader National Refugee Team made up of networks around the country. We regularly collaborate by sharing resources, ideas and events online. Our group also enjoys partnering with other Amnesty groups and community organisations on events from film nights to forums (with a sports festival thrown in!)

  • We meet on the first Tuesday of each month (except January), at 6:15pm for a 6:30 start. All welcome!
  • Venue: AIA NSW Sydney Action Centre, Level 1, 79 Myrtle St, Chippendale, see the map.
  • Email us at [email protected] to get involved.
  • Find out more

    As well as our monthly meetings, Amnesty has other resources with background information and ways to get involved.

    Sign up for our free monthly newsletter which has links to news items and events – just email us at [email protected] to go on the list.

    Have a look at Amnesty Australia's Refugee Campaign page, which has more resources, blogs and news.

    Useful links

    Keep up to date

    Stay in touch with our group for news on what’s happening!

    #OpenToSyria campaign

    Amnesty International is running a global campaign for countries to take in more Syrian refugees. The goal for Australia is 10,000 more than our current humanitarian intake.

    You can sign a pledge, take a 'selfie' and more! Visit #OpenToSyria to find out more.