Kaldor Centre News

New Policy Brief Released: Making the Global Compacts Work

Published on : 24/04/2018

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.

Asylum deterrence policies “can spread like wild fire”

Published on : 19/04/2018

Harsh US and Australian policies were developed behind closed doors, carefully exploiting legal loopholes to stop asylum seekers from reaching their borders. Other countries are looking to copy. At the event 'Refugee Deterrence and Diplomacy', Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill and Dr Daniel Ghezelbash discuss the damage done by the policies and the opaque process behind them.

US border troops can’t stop the need for refugee protection

Published on : 11/04/2018

As President Trump reinforces the US border against a ‘caravan’ of asylum seekers, the international community is seeking innovative pathways for refugees seeking safety.

What’s so special about Canada?

Published on : 15/03/2018

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

Published on : 02/03/2018

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
Published on : 23/02/2018

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?

Published on : 06/02/2018

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.

Facing the humanitarian challenges to come

Published on : 27/11/2017

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.

The international protection system is failing refugee women and girls

Published on : 20/11/2017

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.

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

Published on : 17/11/2017

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.


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.