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What’s so special about Canada?


According to University of Toronto Chair in Human Rights Law Audrey Macklin, Canada’s unique program enabling groups of ordinary people to support a refugee’s resettlement is positively transformative – for the refugees, the sponsors, and for their communities and the citizenry at large. We invite you to watch the video from Professor Macklin's presentation 'What’s so special about Canada? How ordinary Canadians successfully sponsor refugees' hosted by the Kaldor Centre on 12 March 2018.

Five Questions: On Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Program


Canada’s private sponsorship program seems to tap into the urge of ordinary people to help solve today’s global refugee challenge. Does it work, and is it a model for others?

Exit North: The impact of refugees fleeing Trump’s US for Canada

Dr Claire Higgins

Since President Donald Trump’s election, Canadian authorities intercepted thousands of people crossing the US border to claim asylum in Canada. Why, and how is this shaping the system in the northern neighbour that vowed to be ‘a compassionate country for refugees and asylum seekers’?

Can free-movement agreements help people displaced by climate change and disaster?


Environmental disasters and climate change are now the leading causes of displacement worldwide. Yet those forced from their homes by floods, drought, cyclones and earthquakes are not generally protected by international refugee law or other types of international protection. Could existing arrangements such as visa-free travel and relaxed entry requirements work to fill that 'protection gap'?

Insights Report offers expert views on Global Compacts


Explore the outstanding ideas from the Kaldor Centre's recent conference on The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, in a new Insights Report highlighting the opportunities and challenges ahead for policymakers, scholars, and others who are tracking t

Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 - Podcasts and papers


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 Global Compacts on Refugees and on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, raising critical issues and the potential in each agreement.

Facing the humanitarian challenges to come

Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

In his opening address to the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017, Acting Director Guy S. Goodwin-Gill's year in review surveys history to remind us that providing protection and finding solutions for refugees is a perpetual struggle.

Credit: Anna Kucera

The international protection system is failing refugee women and girls


For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the legal frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders. And, remarkably, women and girls are there from the outset: The landmark New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted at the United Nations General Assembly last September, directly references gender issues, in particular, sexual and gender-based violence.

How world leaders are negotiating the polarising politics of refugees in the 21st century


For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the legal frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders. When the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 convenes on 24 November, key local, regional and global players in the negotiations will take stock of the talks and anticipate what might be achieved.

High stakes: Brokering a landmark compact on refugees


It’s hard to imagine a more difficult political context in which to be negotiating new global agreements on migrants and refugees. US President Donald Trump proclaims ‘America First,’ slashes refugee resettlement numbers, and continues to push construction of a massive wall on the US-Mexican border in spite of evidence and the opposition of many in his own party. Anti-immigrant parties have gained political footholds not only in Hungary and Slovakia but also in Germany and Sweden. Australian policies toward asylum-seekers arriving by boat are both absurd and tragic. The European Union makes deals with less-than-savoury countries to prevent migrants and asylum-seekers from reaching European territories. At the same time, the president of Lebanon – which hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees – says: “My country cannot handle it any more” and suggests it is time for the refugees to return.