This Policy Brief on human rights, climate change and crossborder displacement is the result of a project led by Professor Jane McAdam, Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, and Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group (URG).
This question was discussed at a recent symposium organised by the Kaldor Centre in conjunction with the Migration Law Program (ANU) and the Centre for Refugee Research (UNSW).
The symposium, held on the 24 July 2015, brought together academics, legal centres and social justice organisations to review existing literature on public attitudes to refugees. Participants discussed research on public opinion, discourse and framing in relation to both refugee issues and other contentious policy areas, to generate comparative insights. The symposium provided a chance to take stock and to consider new research opportunities relating to public discourse and attitudes about refugees.
Professor Jane McAdam, Kaldor Centre Director, is featured in the latest video in a series by UNSWTV called 'Catastrophic Science'. The series showcases cutting edge UNSW research projects resulting from catastrophes such as fires, tsunamis, terrorism, climate change and infectious diseases.
With climate change set to force millions of people from their homes due to more frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels, Dr Johannes Luetz and Professor McAdam speak about the impact on communities and how forward planning and community education are important in addressing the ‘protection gaps’ prevalent at the international level.
The loss of over 700 lives in a single incident in the Mediterranean on 18 April 2015, following a six-day period in which over 10,000 migrants were rescued, has sparked renewed debates about what policies Europe should adopt to manage boat arrivals and save lives at sea.
The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law has just released a Policy Brief titled Extraterritorial processing in Europe: Is ‘regional protection’ the answer, and if not, what is? This paper examines European proposals for extraterritorial processing and the establishment of regional protection centres. It is the first in a Policy Brief Series intended to showcase high quality, policy-relevant research on issues relating to forced migration and international refugee law.