My New Neighbour: a way to bring refugees safely to Australia
For over two years now, the My New Neighbour campaign has been gaining momentum and building power in communities around Australia for a safe passage for refugees to Australia.
We have been calling for the federal government to improve upon our existing Community Sponsorship Program (CSP), to make it fair and accessible for Australians to sponsor refugees and welcome them to Australia.
Thanks to the passion and dedication of our movement, 35,000 individuals and 34 local councils have publicly pledged their support for an improved and expanded CSP, as well as countless community groups and organisations.
The result? We’re having impact!
The federal government has felt the pressure, and is currently in the process of reviewing the Community Sponsorship Program.
But we haven’t won yet- now is the time to influence the outcome of the review. We must ensure the government considers the essential improvements needed to make the CSP fair and accessible.
New Resource: How to write a submission
We have until October 1 to make submissions to the federal government review of the current Community Sponsorship Program. We are calling on the activists who have been dedicated to the My New Neighbour campaign to make a submission and demonstrate the support you have built in your communities for an improved CSP.
What is Community Sponsorship?
Check out this explainer video!
Getting local allies
Host a My New Neighbour conversation series event in your community. By helping to share the stories of home, and of the welcoming communities around Australia, you will be part of Amnesty’s global movement to create supportive pathways for refugees to reach safety.
These one-page guides are an easy tool you can use to help you get your schools, councils and sporting clubs on board.
Ready to get your local council on board? Check out the guides specific for getting your councillors to pass a motion supporting an expanded and improved community sponsorship program.
It’s important to show the community support for this issue so working with local media to showcase sporting clubs, schools and local councils supporting the campaign is important and helps get more community support for CSP.
Get people to show their support for the program. Ask them to sign and share the petition and make public statements about their support for the campaign. Use the ‘What is CSP’ flyer at events and stalls where people want more detailed information about the program, the ‘general’ flyer is very top line information about the campaign that is a good easy handout.
Posters and signs (right click on the image to download)
Videos to share!
- This great video from the Western Bulldogs that speaks to the importance of building partnerships to change community perception.
- The video from The Tonightly show that breaks down what the campaign in a funny and succinct way.
- The Moving day video that speaks to what it means to be a community and to live and breathe the spirit of welcome.
- This powerful this video of Amir. Amir spent five years on Manus island until finally in 2017 he had his dream come true of freedom and a life in a place of safety. Amir was sponsored through Canada’s private refugee sponsorship scheme. This video sums it up, we can make a difference in people lives and there are good people out there willing to open up their homes and their communities to welcome people. Australians want to do this too and we are going to make it happen.
Training: Community Mapping
Mapping your community is a key part of the success of your local campaign. Your Community Organiser will be running training in your state for groups interested in working on this campaign to maximise their local impact. Contact your Community Organiser to organise a session with your group.