Andrew and Renata Kaldor were interviewed for 'DNA Nation' a three-part documentary that premieres on SBS on Sunday 22 May at 8.30pm, and afterwards on SBS On Demand. They speak of their refugee backgrounds and their motivation for establishing the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW.
The 2016-17 Federal Budget maintains funding for offshore detention and processing of asylum seekers, as well as measures designed to address people-smuggling. There are some changes to expenditure relating to onshore detention and processing.
A five-judge panel of Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has held unanimously that the detention of asylum seekers at the Australian-built detention facility on Manus Island is unconstitutional and illegal under PNG law. That detention must end immediately. What is the background to this case? And what might the implications be for Australia’s offshore detention regime?
This week, senior ministers, ambassadors, UN officials and civil society leaders gathered in Geneva to find creative solutions to help millions of Syrian refugees. The UN refugee agency's high-level meeting on global responsibility-sharing for Syrian refugees called on governments to increase resettlement places and open up new pathways for humanitarian admission.
The first Russian aircraft have already begun to leave Syria following Vladimir Putin’s troop withdrawal announcement. The ceasefire appears to be holding and parties are committed to fresh peace talks in Geneva. But will this development mean anything for the flow of refugees out of the war-torn country? It would be premature to make any assumptions about an early easing of the crisis, given the sheer number of people fleeing the conflict.