Refugee advocates are winning allies in the bush

A GROWING number of rural Australians appear to be increasing their support for refugees and asylum seekers.

Across Victoria and southern NSW from Wagga Wagga to Swan Hill, Stawell, Merrijig, Airey’s Inlet and Hamilton, people are opening their homes for weekends and holidays to refugees and people seeking asylum, people who’ve fled their homes and countries for safety or a new life. For the record, asylum seekers are people who have fled, arrived and are awaiting “processing” to determine if they are in fact genuine refugees under international and national law.

Country people are raising funds to get the refugees cars, clothes, jobs, education and more.

The number of groups working under the umbrella of Rural Australians for Refugees that advocate for and support refugees and asylum seekers is now 90.

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