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Asylum Seekers Centre

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Established in 1993, the Asylum Seekers Centre of New South Wales (ASC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation providing a welcoming environment and front-line support for community-based asylum seekers in Sydney. Where applicable and feasible, referrals and other supports are provided remotely to community-based asylum seekers living in regional and rural areas of New South Wales. Our vision Asylum seekers are welcomed and given the chance to heal while they rebuild their lives as worthy members of our community. Our mission To provide a welcoming environment and practical support for community-based asylum seekers, while building community support and pursuing social justice outcomes for them. What we do The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community. Our services include casework, accommodation, financial relief, health care and counselling, employment assistance, education, advocacy, food and recreational activities. We are a not-for-profit organisation and rely on grants, donations and volunteers to undertake our work. Who we help Our clients come from over 74 countries in search of safety, protection and freedom. During 2013-14, we cared for over 1,430 asylum seekers with the majority of new clients coming from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka and Fiji. On arrival at the Centre, 49% were homeless and in need of financial support, 50% had no work rights, 70% received absolutely no government support and 35% had no Medicare. Of our new clients, 85% arrived by plane and 15% arrived by boat.