About the

#IamWithYou Campaign

The #iamwithyou campaign is how you can show that you welcome refugees and want better treatment for the people seeking protection in Australia.

For years, people across Australia have known that our successive government’s policies are unfair to those who come to us seeking protection. We’ve asked for change over and over again, and we haven’t got it. So why do our policies continue to be unfair to people who seek our protection? It is because the policy makers believe that we, the people asking for change, only represent a small section of Australian society.

We think it’s time to show them they’re wrong.

Your support is important now

Our ask of you

After the High Court’s decision to send 267 men, women and children back into danger on Nauru, people across the country came together to say #LetThemStay. We said it loud, and policymakers listened, proving that when we speak together we can make change happen. And that’s not all; a March poll of key marginal seats found the majority of people polled wanted an end to offshore detention. That’s why there’s never been a better time to come together, across the nation, and ask for change.

We need your support now!

How are we going to use your

Messages of support?

We’re gathering your messages of support to show policymakers, to prove that it’s time to find a better way. Help us this World Refugee Day to flood social media with messages of support for people’s right to safety. It’s time for change, and we’re not going away until we get it.

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Who We Are

Our History

This campaign is being conducted by Friends of Refugees, in coalition with advocacy groups and community organisations around Australia. Our members/volunteers have many decades of experience working in the refugee sector and we know that the majority of Australians are a generous, welcoming people when it comes to refugees and people seeking asylum. Yet we are constantly hearing otherwise from our policymakers. The #IamWithYou initiative is our way of letting the world know we welcome refugees and people seeking asylum, to what our national anthem describes as ‘our land of boundless plains to share’ for those ‘who’ve come across the sea’.

Let us stand together in saying #iamwithyou for people who come seeking protection to Australia.

The full list of organisations who have supported this campaign can be found on our supporters page. If an organisation you represent would like to be added to this list, or if you have any enquiries, please contact us. If you would like to Get Involved with this campaign, please do not hesitate to contact us.