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RN Interview: Origins of Australia's refugee policy


In the National Archives, historian Claire Higgins found a list detailing the various options given to the Fraser government on dealing with unauthorised asylum seekers arriving by boat.

RN Interview: Origins of Australia's refugee policy

Watch Breaking the Deadlock: Creating solutions for refugees


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

Refugee policies of detention, turnbacks rejected in the 70s


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.

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


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?


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.

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Australian Border Force Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2017


Proposed changes to the secrecy provisions for employees of the Australian Border Force would have a continued chilling effect on the disclosure of any information about immigration and border control, according to a Senate submission by members of the Andr

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.

Time to retire the 1951 Refugee Convention?


A thoughtful debate shows that information leads to understanding.

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.