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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...

This new factsheet provides a guide to sources on the financial cost of Australia’s asylum policy, as well as information regarding the economic contribution of refugees.

Each year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees publishes detailed information on refugee applications and determinations by States Parties to the Refugee Convention. However, there are noticeable gaps in the utility and availability...

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Out of the shadows


First published by Claire Morgan in Uniken Winter 2016.

Madeline Gleeson speaks with Al Jazeera's The Listening Post


Kaldor Centre's Madeline Gleeson was interviewed on Al Jazeera's The Listening Post  in a piece it called the 'challenges of covering the dark side of Australia's refugee policy'.

Global responses to refugees: what is the world thinking?

Join us for a conversation with Dr Jeff Crisp and Professor Jane McAdam on the implications of this year’s international summits to address global displacement.

TuesdayJun 282016

Kaldors increase support for refugee law centre


The valuable work of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law is set to continue after Andrew and Renata Kaldor increased their financial commitment over the next five years.

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


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


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.

Manus Island: behind the wire

Madeline Gleeson

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.

Celebrating the scholarship of Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill


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.

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