The 2016-17 Federal Budget maintains funding for offshore detention and processing of asylum seekers, as well as measures designed to address people-smuggling. There are some changes to expenditure relating to onshore detention and processing.

Millions of people are displaced each year as a result of environmental disasters and climate change. The Displacement Project aims to raise awareness about the role that climate change plays in migration, the limitations of existing...

Madeline Gleeson’s new book Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, was launched on 9 May 2016 by Julian Burnside AO QC, an esteemed barrister and refugee advocate.

In his speech, Burnside expressed grave concern over the abuses of...

UNSW Law is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on ‘The Concept of ‘Imminence’ in the International Protection of Refugees’, based at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for...

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Identity Matters: Andrew and Renata Kaldor - from refugees to philathropists

20/05/2016

Andrew and Renata Kaldor were interviewed for 'DNA Nation' a three-part documentary that premieres on SBS on Sunday 22 May at 8.30pm, and afterwards on SBS On Demand. They speak of their refugee backgrounds and their motivation for establishing the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW.

Dutton’s refugee claims are out of step with evidence and thinking at home and abroad

19/05/2016

First published by Frances Voon and Claire Higgins in The Conversation, 19 May 2016.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday defended Peter Dutton as an “outstanding immigration minister” after a storm erupted following Dutton’s earlier comments on refugees. In response to the Greens’ proposal to increase Australia’s annual humanitarian refugee intake to 50,000, Dutton said: For many people, they won’t be numerate or literate in their own language let alone English. These people would be taking Australian jobs … and for many of them that would be unemployed, they would languish in unemployment queues and on Medicare, and the rest of it. So there would be a huge cost.

Research Associate Position in Refugee Law

17/05/2016

UNSW Law is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on ‘The Concept of ‘Imminence’ in the International Protection of Refugees’, based at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers

Dr Claire Higgins
17/05/2016

First published in the Conversation, 17 May 2016.

Debates on Australia’s policies toward asylum seekers have made an early appearance in the 2016 election campaign. Several current and retiring Labor MPs, as well as some candidates, have spoken out against the party’s support for offshore processing and turning back asylum-seeker boats.

Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But public opinion is not so clear-cut. And nor are the policy choices.

Manus Island: behind the wire

Madeline Gleeson
13/05/2016

First published in Inside Story, 11 May 2016.

A small leap across the Torres Strait from Queensland’s Cape York, just 3.7 kilometres from Australian soil at its nearest point, is Papua New Guinea, home to one of two sites used as an Australian “regional processing centres” since 2012. Around 1500 people have been sent here over the last few years, to be held in a closed detention facility while they await the processing of their asylum claims. Every one of them originally sought asylum in Australia. Every one of them was detained and screened in Australia before being transferred to Papua New Guinea against their will.

The Displacement Project: Perspectives on climate change and displacement - Melbourne panel discussion

The event, co-hosted by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, will feature a multi-disciplinary panel of speakers who will each offer a unique insight into the human impact of climate change.

WednesdayJun 082016

The Displacement Project: Perspectives on climate change and displacement - Sydney panel discussion

The event, co-hosted by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, will feature a multi-disciplinary panel of speakers who will each offer a unique insight into the human impact of climate change.

TuesdayJun 072016

Celebrating the scholarship of Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

06/05/2016

On 14 and 15 April 2016, the Kaldor Centre was proud to co-host a symposium at All Souls College, Oxford to celebrate the scholarship of Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill. Professor Goodwin-Gill is a member of the Kaldor Centre’s Advisory Committee, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, and Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law at Oxford University. He has been an intellectual pioneer in identifying, mapping and shaping the sub-discipline of international refugee law.

Asylum seekers and refugees in the 2016-17 Budget

Dr Claire Higgins
04/05/2016

The 2016-17 Federal Budget maintains funding for offshore detention and processing of asylum seekers, as well as measures designed to address people-smuggling. There are some changes to expenditure relating to onshore detention and processing.

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