Projects we support:
Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
NIF Australia has supported the Hotline for a number of years and in January, following the announcement that mass deportations would begin soon, we raised more than $20,000 in an emergency campaign to offer additional support.
NIF Australia supports two areas of the Hotline’s work: the walk-in clinic and its precedent-setting cases to the High Court.
The clinic sees more than 1,000 people seeking asylum each year, providing important case management services, helping them apply for their refugee status, and fight back against detention and deportation orders.
Some of the Hotline’s landmark cases include improving the conditions of detention, having anti-refugee laws declared unconstitutional, and achieving judgements providing protection for Eritreans seeking asylum from their government’s military conscription.
We continue to fund the Hotline’s work to provide certainty and security for people seeking asylum.
- 2018 – $39,136
- 2017 – $11,000
Another detrimental government policy facing people seeking asylum is the requirement to forego a large portion of their wage which is to be reclaimed only when they leave the country. While in Israel this policy entrenches their poverty and also creates issues when they try to access the funds as they depart the country.
We funded a four-month increase in staff hours to support those who assist people seeking asylum trying to access their confiscated funds, representing them outside banks and the tax authority, as well as outreach to community members to better understand their rights.
- 2018 – $10,000