Temporarily give all migrants and asylum seekers in Australia full Citizenship rights

Temporarily give all migrants and asylum seekers in Australia full Citizenship rights

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Joanna Abraham started this petition to Politicians and

In light of the current situation with Covid-19 and the health and job insecurity it has caused, Portugal has temporarily given all migrants (on any temporary or bridging visa) and asylum seekers full citizenship rights.

A global pandemic of this magnitude and scale isn't the time for politics or discriminating on the basis of one's visa status. Migrants, refugees and other temporary visa holders are an integral part of the fabric of Australian society - regardless of their lack of permanent residence or citizenship. Many have been here for the better part of a decade and have been the unfortunate victims of our country's draconian immigration laws - but have still very much built their lives here, as well as contributed to our economy.

At the moment, the Australian Government have broadened their social security ambit to include NZ Citizens. This is an excellent step forward. However, there are thousands of people - international students, business owners, parents of Australian Citizen children and refugees or asylum seekers with no right of return to another country, who are currently in limbo - struggling to afford medical assistance or feed their children. 

There are more than 1.1 million temporary workers in Australia – international students, working holidaymakers, bridging visa holders, those on temporary protection or safe haven visas – most are ineligible for all of the government’s assistance packages and are unable to return to the country of origin for one reason or another. 

Please share if you agree that the Australian Government should follow Portugal's example, and temporarily give all migrants (on any temporary or bridging visa) and asylum seekers full citizenship rights. Put politics and immigration aside and put some policies in place, so that no one within our borders is left behind! 

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