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...

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

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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.

Credit: Anna Kucera

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.

History, Headlines and the Law: What's shaping refugee policy in Australia?

08/11/2017

From ‘asylum seekers’ to ‘illegals’. From an Immigration Department to Border Protection officers. From welcoming Indochinese in the 1970s to Operation Sovereign Borders patrols today.

Stop the doublespeak on Manus policy

Professor Jane McAdam
07/11/2017

If Papua New Guinea is responsible for the fate of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, then why is it the Australian Prime Minister rejecting New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 of them?  

The double-speak on this issue is breathtaking, and the Australian government’s actions belie its rhetoric that this is PNG’s problem and not its own.  

Three things to know about plans to ban mobile phones in immigration detention

06/11/2017

Ahead of the Senate committee report into the legislation allowing the minister to ban mobile phones from immigration detention, the Kaldor Centre breaks down the key points.

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