This page contains analysis and resources on two upcoming international summits on refugees: the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September, and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees hosted by US President Barack Obama on 20 September.
This page will be regularly updated in the lead up and aftermath of the summits.
In 2012, Australia re-opened offshore processing centres for asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Since that time, asylum seekers have been transferred to these countries and have experienced delays, disruptions and deficiencies in the processing of their claims for protection. While some recognized refugees have been allowed to settle temporarily in these countries, a durable solution is yet to be found.
This project tracks the history of the offshore detention and processing of asylum seekers since 2012, and its implications under international law. In particular, the project examines legal issues relating to arbitrary detention, human rights, refugee status determination procedures in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and the search for durable solutions.
Project director: Madeline Gleeson
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