Since 2013, the Australian military has routinely intercepted boats and turned back asylum seekers through Operation Sovereign Borders. Likewise in Europe, since the so-called “refugee crisis” began in 2015, the EU’s Frontex-led Operations Sophia and Triton have also taken a deterrence approach. Recent news reports have tracked the deadly consequences.
The first 100 days of 2017 saw 664 people die crossing the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe. The number who died just trying to reach the North African coast is unknown. Is it any wonder, then, there are calls to establish safe zones so that those caught up in conflict and generalised violence do not have to flee at all?
A new Policy Brief from the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, released today, examines critical legal and practical concerns in creating ‘safe zones’ for people caught up in areas of conflict.
Australia’s 2017–18 Federal Budget includes funding for offshore processing and refugee settlement arrangements at an estimated cost of $713,641 million. While this is down from more than $1 billion in 2016–17, the figure is higher than was projected under the forward estimates in last year's budget.
Governments around the world are using militarised border-security missions to turn back asylum seekers at sea, but the strategy does not comply with international law and is not viable over the long-term, according to the latest Kaldor Centre Policy Brief.
Leadership requires setting a good example, Madeline Gleeson writes in a piece for Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter considering Australia’s role in developing the United Nations Global Compact on Refugees.
People seeking asylum who came to Australia by boat between August 2012 and December 2013 arrived expecting to be able to apply for protection, but have instead been tossed around in the frequently changing policies of refugee protection in Australia.
Two internationally renowned research centres, the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney and the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the University of Oxford, are formalising a partnership to strengthen vital new thinking on global refugee policy.