Asylum Seekers face increasing hardships living in the community

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Students from the University of Queensland are conducting a social advocacy project to help spread awareness over the challenges people seeking asylum face while living in Australian communities.  Asylum seekers living in Australia struggle to make ends meet due to temporary visas that impact on their job prospects, educational opportunities and payments they receive.

People seeking asylum live below the poverty line, with most relying on just $36 a day, being forced to seek out community organisations for their basic needs such as food, shelter and hygiene products.

A cut in government funding towards Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) which provides support to people seeking asylum who are living in the community on temporary visas while their status as a refugee is assessed, has resulted in thousands unable to be supported.



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