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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.

Without US leadership, what is the future for refugees and migrants?


Not since the 1930s has United States leadership on global refugee issues been as absent as today. A recent report indicates the US has resettled only 11 Syrian refugees in 2017. At current rates, the US is unlikely to admit more than 24,000 refugees in total this year, the lowest level since passage of the Refugee Act of 1980 – even lower than in 2002, when resettlement was temporarily halted after September 11. In the meantime, the Trump administration has taken steps to make it more difficult for asylum seekers to enter the US, to prevent Central Americans and others fleeing violence to reach safety in this country. These steps happen in the context of broader policy goals to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, reduce significantly family migration, and prevent the entry of Muslims in a wide range of admissions categories.

Asylum seekers and refugees in Australia’s 2018-2019 Budget


New measures to support refugees’ integration, as well as new restrictions on refugees’ access to some government support services, are included in Australia’s 2018-2019 Federal Budget, where the bulk of related funding continues to be allocated to offshore processing arrangements and Operation Sovereign Borders.

Reading, Writing and Refugees: Kaldor Centre at Sydney Writers Festival


Get a prismatic take on the situation for refugees around the world, when Kaldor Centre historian Dr Claire Higgins guides the Sydney Writers Festival audience through the work of three international authors and their first-hand experience on the borders of

New Policy Brief Released: Making the Global Compacts Work


Kaldor Centre Policy Briefs bring legal academic rigour to practical contemporary policy challenges. Our latest brief, Making the Global Compacts Work: What future for refugees and migrants?, published in partnership with The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, flags the way for real progress and pinpoints what sticking points remain for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration.