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

Governments around the world are using militarised border-security missions to turn back asylum seekers at sea, but the strategy does not comply with international law and is not viable over the long-term, according to a new Policy Brief from...

The Kaldor Centre’s next-generation Emerging Scholars Network is a new, global and growing group of early-career scholars focusing on refugee and migration issues.

As record numbers of people around the world are being forcibly displaced,...

Sixty-six years on, is it time to retire the 1951 Refugee Convention? Most people in the 1000-strong crowd gathered at Sydney Town Hall for an Intelligence Squared debate on 6 June were not sure. 

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Explainer: how do Australia’s proposed citizenship laws compare internationally?

Sangeetha Pillai

First published in The Conversation.

Debate will resume in parliament this week over the government’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship laws. Among the reforms is a requirement for migrants to be permanent residents of Australia for four years before applying for citizenship - an increase from the current requirement of one year.

Humanitarian corridors: Safe passage but only for a few

Dr Claire Higgins

First published in Lowy Interpreter

There is a counter-narrative emerging in Europe’s approach to irregular migration, even as EU governments seek new ways to discourage desperate journeys across the Central Mediterranean route to Italy. Via the skies over Rome and Paris, other journeys are getting safer, as church groups fly asylum seekers in to claim protection.

Submission details ‘serious concerns’ in citizenship legislation


Proposed changes to Australia’s citizenship laws would bear harshly on refugees and dramatically increase the powers of the Minister, according to a Senate submission by members of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the

Kaldor Centre Responds to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Statement


Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers arriving by boat has caused “extensive, avoidable suffering for too long” and should end immediately, according to an extraordinary statement today from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Fil

Professor Jane McAdam Awarded Prestigious International Human Rights Prize


The Director of the Kaldor Centre, Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, has received the Calouste Gulbenkian 2017 Prize for outstanding work in the field of human rights, sharing the prize of 100,000 Euros with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, presented the Prizes on Thursday, 20 July, at a gala public ceremony and concert on the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s museum grounds in Lisbon.

Breaking The Deadlock - Creating solutions for refugees

Join us for an evening of positive discussion about fresh approaches to Australia’s refugee policies, hosted at the Sydney Opera House by the Kaldor Centre and the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants.

Australia is in a bind about refugees and asylum seekers. Although the scale of our challenge is small compared to many other countries, it sparks intense political heat.

Principles clash with political expediency. Some voters are satisfied that boats are being turned back. Some are ashamed about the conditions of our offshore processing centres. Many believe that discussion is futile. Well-worn assumptions have closed off thinking about urgently needed new approaches.

Can we break the deadlock? How can we offer protection to those who seek refuge in our region?

TuesdayAug 152017

Get the facts: 5 Kaldor Centre Animations for Refugee Week


Refugee Week starts conversations, and conversations work best when they begin with facts. Here are some Kaldor Centre animations, made by UNSW TV, to help – each less than one minute:

Proposed citizenship test would forgo a ‘fair go for all’


By Khanh Hoang

The Australian Government this week introduced a new Bill into parliament to amend the Citizenship Act 2007. The move comes just two weeks after submissions to its discussion paper had closed – those submissions have not been made public.

In short, the proposed changes will require prospective citizens to apply and be approved for Australian citizenship. Applicants must then make a pledge of allegiance to Australia before they can become an Australian citizen.

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