In a comprehensive new factsheet, Kaldor Centre Director Jane McAdam outlines what you need to know about the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants.

The ‘White Australia’ policy was not long gone when the first refugees from communist Vietnam sailed into Darwin Harbour, seeking asylum and inadvertently challenging the Fraser government to reject now-familiar policies such as turnbacks and...

For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the global frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders. The Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 drew together key global, regional and Australian thinkers to discuss the...

Worried about how future people movements will impact Australia? You are not alone. Human rights, economic pressures, political questions and past experiences – when Australia took a different approach to refugees – are all discussed at the...

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Can free-movement agreements help people displaced by climate change and disaster?

06/02/2018

Environmental disasters and climate change are now the leading causes of displacement worldwide. Yet those forced from their homes by floods, drought, cyclones and earthquakes are not generally protected by international refugee law or other types of international protection. Could existing arrangements such as visa-free travel and relaxed entry requirements work to fill that 'protection gap'?

Researcher postcard: Are would-be new Americans part of Trump’s ‘new American moment’?

Dr Claire Higgins
01/02/2018

On Tuesday night in Washington DC, the President of the United States delivered his first report on the ‘State of the Union’. The nation, President Donald Trump said, is ‘compassionate’, and does ‘more than any other country’ to help those in need around the world. Yet on immigration and refugee policy, the Trump administration’s ‘America first’ approach is harsh, divisive, and full of uncertainty for many migrants within the US and for those seeking protection in the country as refugees.

Insights Report offers expert views on Global Compacts

12/12/2017

Explore the outstanding ideas from the Kaldor Centre's recent conference on The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, in a new Insights Report highlighting the opportunities and challenges ahead for policymakers, scholars, and others who are tracking t

Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 - Podcasts and papers

01/12/2017

For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the global frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders. The Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 drew together key global, regional and Australian thinkers to discuss the Global Compacts on Refugees and on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, raising critical issues and the potential in each agreement.

Facing the humanitarian challenges to come

Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill
27/11/2017

In his opening address to the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017, Acting Director Guy S. Goodwin-Gill's year in review surveys history to remind us that providing protection and finding solutions for refugees is a perpetual struggle.

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Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection: On the Global Compacts

20/11/2017

Australia has strong interests in the Global Compacts, including foreign policy, security, human rights, development, immigration, trade and economic interests. We are actively engaged in the development of the Compacts and have participated in each of the thematic policy discussions since international consultations began in May 2017.

David Wilden

The international protection system is failing refugee women and girls

20/11/2017

For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the legal frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders. And, remarkably, women and girls are there from the outset: The landmark New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted at the United Nations General Assembly last September, directly references gender issues, in particular, sexual and gender-based violence.

High stakes: Brokering a landmark compact on refugees

17/11/2017

It’s hard to imagine a more difficult political context in which to be negotiating new global agreements on migrants and refugees. US President Donald Trump proclaims ‘America First,’ slashes refugee resettlement numbers, and continues to push construction of a massive wall on the US-Mexican border in spite of evidence and the opposition of many in his own party. Anti-immigrant parties have gained political footholds not only in Hungary and Slovakia but also in Germany and Sweden. Australian policies toward asylum-seekers arriving by boat are both absurd and tragic. The European Union makes deals with less-than-savoury countries to prevent migrants and asylum-seekers from reaching European territories. At the same time, the president of Lebanon – which hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees – says: “My country cannot handle it any more” and suggests it is time for the refugees to return.

How world leaders are negotiating the polarising politics of refugees in the 21st century

17/11/2017

For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the legal frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders. When the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 convenes on 24 November, key local, regional and global players in the negotiations will take stock of the talks and anticipate what might be achieved.

How a small Pacific community sparked constitutional innovation on citizenship

16/11/2017

In 1945, the small Banaban community from Ocean Island in present-day Kiribati was relocated to Rabi Island in Fiji. The Banabans were granted considerable local autonomy within Fiji, as well as special rights of entry, residence and parliamentary representation in Kiribati. This included the right to stand for Parliament in Kiribati, even though most Banabans are not citizens of that country. This unique constitutional arrangement provides a fascinating counterpoint to Australia’s current dual citizenship ‘crisis’ in federal Parliament.

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