Kaldor Centre News

Five Questions: On turning back boats

Published on : 19/06/2017

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.

When is a safe zone safe?

Published on : 07/06/2017

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?

New Policy Brief - Creating safe zones and safe corridors in conflict situations: Providing protection at home or preventing the search for asylum?

Published on : 07/06/2017

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.

What Australia’s Federal Budget means for refugee policy

Published on : 10/05/2017

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.

Do boat turnbacks stack up? New Kaldor Centre Policy Brief evaluates EU and Australian policies in light of international law

Published on : 02/05/2017

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.

How Australia can shape the Global Compact on Refugees

Published on : 08/04/2017

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.

All at sea: A story of climate change displacement

Published on : 05/04/2017

Every year about 26 million are displaced by climatic events yet no law exists to protect them. This animation was produced by UNSW for the Grand Challenge on Refugees and Migration.

What Trump’s Wall Means for Mexicans, Migration and US Relations

Published on : 03/04/2017

Ahead of his 11 April Kaldor Centre talk, award-winning author and UCSD professor David FitzGerald answers five questions about the myths and realities of border politics under President Trump.

The latest hurdles for people seeking asylum in Australia

Published on : 22/03/2017

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.  

Dynamic alliance joins UNSW’s Kaldor Centre and Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre

Published on : 15/03/2017

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.


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