This page contains analysis and resources on two upcoming international summits on refugees: the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September, and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees hosted by US President Barack Obama on 20...

An extraordinary series of meetings took place in 2016 to respond to perceptions of an unprecedented global refugee crisis. This policy brief traces the context and the results of these meetings and explores the common themes that emerged over...

Recently updated summaries of complementary protection decisions in Australia since 2012 and New Zealand since 2011 (the years when each jurisdiction began to consider such claims).

On the 18 November 2016, the Kaldor Centre hosted its third annual conference, entitled ‘From refugee emergency to protracted exile: The role of “time” in international protection’. The conference explored various aspects of refugee protection...

At a time of increasingly polarised debate globally, Australia faces many difficult questions about refugee protection. What is the future for offshore processing? Are boat turn-backs safe and legal? Is regional cooperation a realistic policy...

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Davos reminds us, where there is risk there is opportunity

19/01/2017

As many of the most influential people on the planet meet this week in Davos, refugees are never far from the discussion.

Searching for Truth in all the Hidden Places

Madeline Gleeson
19/12/2016

First published in Sydney PEN Magazine, November Issue 2016.

To be able to write, and to have your words read, is a great privilege.

Asylum seekers will welcome another New Year still in limbo

Madeline Gleeson
13/12/2016

First published in The Age, 13 December 2016.

The remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island will be among the first places in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Some 1500 refugees and asylum seekers will be there to greet it, stranded in a combination of semi-detention and community residences. Four New Years into their offshore limbo, yet little closer to knowing what this one will bring.

Inaugural address on the international protection of refugees, presented by UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk

15/12/2016

On the 18 November, UNSW’s Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants, led by Kaldor Centre Director Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, held its inaugural address on the international protection of refugees. The address was given by Mr Volker Türk, UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.

Professor McAdam presents at Harvard Climate Change Displacement Conference

15/12/2016

In October 2016, Kaldor Centre Director Professor Jane McAdam spoke at the Climate Change Displacement Conference, held at Harvard Law School.

Defending the Refugee Convention

Professor Jane McAdam
19/11/2016

First published in The Saturday Paper, 19 November 2016

It is 65 years since the Refugee Convention was adopted. This year, there are 65 million displaced people in the world. The synchronicity of those figures would have caused the drafters of the convention grave concern. The Refugee Convention was intended to provide a consistent and predictable means of granting refugees a legal status, and thus a means of finding a durable solution, whether through local integration, resettlement or voluntary repatriation.

Where to from here? Report from the Expert Roundtable on regional cooperation and refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific

14/12/2016

At a time of increasingly polarised debate globally, Australia faces many difficult questions about refugee protection. What is the future for offshore processing? Are boat turn-backs safe and legal? Is regional cooperation a realistic policy goal? Are there alternative ways to provide safe pathways to protection for those who need it?

On 12–13 September 2016, the Kaldor Centre convened a two-day Expert Roundtable on regional cooperation and refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific, at UNSW. Participants included a range of academics, legal practitioners, civil society representatives and other subject-matter experts, as well as representatives from the UNHCR Regional Representations in Canberra and Bangkok.

Emerging Scholars Network Workshop

12/12/2016

The Kaldor Centre’s Emerging Scholars Network held its Annual Workshop on Thursday Nov 17, the day before the centre’s flagship annual conference.

Led by Dr Claire Higgins, the Network is an interdisciplinary community that enables the next generation of scholars studying forced migration to connect with and learn from one another’s expertise. Almost 80 masters, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers are members of the Network, hailing from 25 institutions across Australia, North America and Europe.

UNSomnia

08/12/2016

Every second someone is displaced by natural disaster. With climate change amplifying the effects, we are likely to see disasters on steroids. So how are we to cope with 26 million people being forced from their homes.

How do we deal with the prospect of increased climate migration?

Professor Jane McAdam
01/12/2016

First published in The Conversation, 1 December 2016.

On average, one person is displaced each second by a disaster-related hazard. In global terms, that’s about 26 million people a year. 

Most move within their own countries, but some are forced across international borders. As climate change continues, more frequent and extreme weather events are expected to put more people in harm’s way. 

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