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The Kaldor Centre joins with others to celebrate Refugee Week.

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. It provides...

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...

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World Refugee Day 2018: We can do better and we have done better


By Kaldor Centre Acting Director Guy S Goodwin-Gill

It’s World Refugee Day again. A day, one day, we hope, of not forgetting.

What’s Behind Zambia’s Growing Welcome to Refugees


Bucking global trends, Zambia has adopted more refugee-friendly policies amid a rising number of arrivals. Based on his research in Zambia, Kaldor Centre Visiting Scholar Nicholas Maple explains the authoritarian politics behind the progressive shift and the implications for advocates.

Smugglers, soldiers and a loaded gun: a personal refugee story from Andrew Kaldor


Every refugee’s story is distinct, an individual human experience of fleeing home, moving across different geographic and emotional terrain before, if lucky, reaching safety. Andrew Kaldor AM rarely tells his story.

Special screening of 'Border Politics' including Q&A with Julian Burnside

BORDER POLITICS follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees by most Western democracies.

Seventy years after the world constructed international conventions to ensure the horrors of World War 2 wouldn’t be repeated, Burnside finds it terrifying to see Australian and other Western political leaders exploiting fears around border protection to extend political power. He questions whether the
West has lost its moral compass by adopting ideas that reject humanity and undermine democracy. He concludes this erosion of human rights poses a threat to the very democratic values that define Western society.

Join us for this special screening and Q&A with Julian Burnside AO QC.

ThursdayJul 052018

National Advocate of the Year Award for Kaldor Centre’s Jefferies


Kaldor Centre Scientia PhD candidate Regina Jefferies received the National Advocate of the Year Award on June 1 at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota gala, for her exceptional work with the coalition of politicians, attorneys, students and advocates who helped a four-year-old Somali refugee reunite with her family during the early days of the Trump administration’s ‘Muslim ban’.

Tragedy of Errors: The Solicitor General, the Supreme Court and the Truth


The Office of the Solicitor General found itself in the position of defending an Executive Order targeting a broad group of individuals whom, the president claimed, should be subject to broad restrictions in the interest of national security. As the office responsible for representing the United States before the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General argued that “[p]rompt and decisive action was necessary” because loyal individuals could not be separated from disloyal. Relying on that position — that the restrictions were justified based upon official military assessments — the Court accepted the government’s reasoning and ruled against the petitioners. Yet, it turns out, the government’s argument was demonstrably false; the Solicitor General knowingly misled the Supreme Court in order to obscure the fact that the Executive Order was based on racist ideas, rather than reasoned judgment.

Podcast: “Would you sign the Global Compact for Refugees as it is currently drafted?”


“If you were still a legal adviser to a country … would you recommend your government sign the Global Compact for Refugees as it is currently drafted?” asks Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, of the Kaldor Centre’s

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