SOME of a group of 16 Afghani refugees who have been housed temporarily at Banyo Seminary have gone to Sydney with promises of jobs.
The remainder have found housing in Brisbane or are still looking for homes.
They are being helped in their search by the archdiocesan Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care (CMPC), which has joined with the St Vincent de Paul Society and other Catholic agencies to look after the Afghans, sent to Brisbane on temporary protection visas from the Port Hedland detention centre, Western Australia.
“We’re looking with them for low-cost housing,” said the CMPC’s Mary Gavin. “That’s all they can afford.
“The group who have gone to Sydney are typical. They want to be independent, to be self-supporting.
The CMPC is still appealing for parishes to assist the refugees.