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Peter Dutton’s decisions on the au pairs are legal - but there are other considerations


Amid controversy over the Minister for Immigration granting tourist visas to foreign au pairs against the advice of senior Border Force officials, Dr Sangeetha Pillai explains the scope of the minister’s legal power to grant visas in such instances, and the issues at play.

Rights for people forced out by climate change


In one area, at least, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration represents a significant breakthrough: it expressly recognises that climate change, disasters and environmental degradation can drive people to leave their homes.

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One year on: Myanmar and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

International lawyer Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill has worked on issues related to child soldiers and to the protection of children in armed conflict. Lawyer Jason Pobjoy is the author of a recent ground-breaking study of children in international refugee law. These remarks introduce their joint legal opinion, which sets Myanmar’s obligations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child against the tragedy of the violence that broke out in Rakhine state one year ago.

Scientia PhD scholar and Kaldor Centre affiliate Regina Jefferies speaks with FBi Radio’s Backchat program


Compassion and strong borders are not mutually exclusive, Scientia PhD scholar and Kaldor Centre affiliate Regina Jefferies told FBi Radio’s Backchat program on Saturday, 23 June.

World Refugee Day 2018: We can do better and we have done better


By Kaldor Centre Acting Director Guy S Goodwin-Gill

It’s World Refugee Day again. A day, one day, we hope, of not forgetting.

Smugglers, soldiers and a loaded gun: a personal refugee story from Andrew Kaldor


Every refugee’s story is distinct, an individual human experience of fleeing home, moving across different geographic and emotional terrain before, if lucky, reaching safety. Andrew Kaldor AM rarely tells his story.

What’s Behind Zambia’s Growing Welcome to Refugees


Bucking global trends, Zambia has adopted more refugee-friendly policies amid a rising number of arrivals. Based on his research in Zambia, Kaldor Centre Visiting Scholar Nicholas Maple explains the authoritarian politics behind the progressive shift and the implications for advocates.

National Advocate of the Year Award for Kaldor Centre’s Jefferies


Kaldor Centre Scientia PhD candidate Regina Jefferies received the National Advocate of the Year Award on June 1 at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota gala, for her exceptional work with the coalition of politicians, attorneys, students and advocates who helped a four-year-old Somali refugee reunite with her family during the early days of the Trump administration’s ‘Muslim ban’.

Podcast: “Would you sign the Global Compact for Refugees as it is currently drafted?”


“If you were still a legal adviser to a country … would you recommend your government sign the Global Compact for Refugees as it is currently drafted?” asks Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, of the Kaldor Centre’s

Podcast: Australia’s responsibility for asylum seekers sent offshore


Is Australia responsible for asylum seekers sent to Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island? Questions of liability – civil, criminal and political – are at the heart of this podcast conversation between the Kaldor Centre’s acting Director, Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, and Alex Aleinikoff, the Director of The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility in New York.