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

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...

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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.

Manus detention centre: Australia is still responsible for these men — and those who haven't made it this far

Madeline Gleeson
02/11/2017

First published in ABC News, 1 November 2017.

Australia has "closed" the Manus Island detention centre, and all eyes are on the hundreds of men who have barricaded themselves in, refusing to move to the "transit" accommodation in nearby Lorengau for fear of what awaits them there.

All Australian security personnel and essential services have been withdrawn, leaving the men to fend for themselves.

How Australia got into the ‘dead end’ of refugee offshore detention

02/11/2017

As Australia’s deadline to close its offshore camp on Manus passes, Australian refugee policy expert Claire Higgins explains the social and political factors that molded the country’s changing policies toward asylum seekers arriving by boat.

A Half-Century of Universal Refugee Protection Under Threat

Guy S Goodwin-Gill
05/10/2017

First published in Refugees Deeply, 4 October 2017

Fifty years ago, the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees entered into force. It would finally put the international protection of refugees on a universal basis, without limit of time or place. It would thus provide the framework for a truly international response to international problems that no one state should bear alone.

Refugee policies of detention, turnbacks rejected in the 70s

03/10/2017

A government under intense pressure from unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat, its radical policy attracting global attention; this might sound like contemporary Australia.

Watch Breaking the Deadlock: Creating solutions for refugees

03/10/2017

Worried about how future people movements will impact Australia? You are not alone.

The law in the life of a refugee: Madeline Gleeson in ABC podcast

28/09/2017

Storytelling makes sense of chaos through narrative structure, and this ABC podcast Shooting the Past puts together the story behind a photo of Prahran expert rugmaker Najaf Mazeri, who fled Afghanistan for Australia in 2001.

How do Italy’s orderly Humanitarian Corridors work?

12/09/2017

Italy’s church-led Humanitarian Corridors are changing the lives of some vulnerable Syrian refugees. So far, in 18 months, about 850 refugees have been resettled.

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