Kaldor Centre News

How Australia got into the ‘dead end’ of refugee offshore detention

Published on : 02/11/2017

As Australia’s deadline to close its offshore camp on Manus passes, Australian refugee policy expert Claire Higgins explains the social and political factors that molded the country’s changing policies toward asylum seekers arriving by boat.

RN Interview: Origins of Australia's refugee policy

Published on : 16/10/2017

In the National Archives, historian Claire Higgins found a list detailing the various options given to the Fraser government on dealing with unauthorised asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Asylum By Boat: New book goes behind the scenes to trace the origins of Australia’s refugee policy

Published on : 03/10/2017

The ‘White Australia’ policy was not long gone when the first refugees from communist Vietnam sailed into Darwin Harbour, seeking asylum and inadvertently challenging the Fraser government to reject now-familiar policies such as turnbacks and detention, and to define a new national identity.

What followed is an astonishing story of necessity and invention, vividly told in Asylum By Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth).

Watch Breaking the Deadlock: Creating solutions for refugees

Published on : 03/10/2017

Worried about how future people movements will impact Australia? You are not alone.

Refugee policies of detention, turnbacks rejected in the 70s

Published on : 03/10/2017

A government under intense pressure from unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat, its radical policy attracting global attention; this might sound like contemporary Australia.

The law in the life of a refugee: Madeline Gleeson in ABC podcast

Published on : 28/09/2017

Storytelling makes sense of chaos through narrative structure, and this ABC podcast Shooting the Past puts together the story behind a photo of Prahran expert rugmaker Najaf Mazeri, who fled Afghanistan for Australia in 2001.

How do Italy’s orderly Humanitarian Corridors work?

Published on : 12/09/2017

Italy’s church-led Humanitarian Corridors are changing the lives of some vulnerable Syrian refugees. So far, in 18 months, about 850 refugees have been resettled.

Submission details ‘serious concerns’ in citizenship legislation

Published on : 02/08/2017

Proposed changes to Australia’s citizenship laws would bear harshly on refugees and dramatically increase the powers of the Minister, according to a Senate submission by members of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the

Kaldor Centre Responds to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Statement

Published on : 24/07/2017

Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers arriving by boat has caused “extensive, avoidable suffering for too long” and should end immediately, according to an extraordinary statement today from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Fil

Professor Jane McAdam Awarded Prestigious International Human Rights Prize

Published on : 19/07/2017

The Director of the Kaldor Centre, Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, has received the Calouste Gulbenkian 2017 Prize for outstanding work in the field of human rights, sharing the prize of 100,000 Euros with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.


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