Migrants and refugees are not only integral to Canada’s community identity, they are part of the nation’s economic strategy, Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told an audience at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre.
Discover how experts in the fields of climate change, migration, refugee law and disaster displacement get sound research into contentious policymaking debate, with our event ‘Good evidence, bad politics’ now available for podcast, download or online listen
While some governments stall on climate change action, real steps are being taken to protect people displaced by its impacts. The Kaldor Centre's work has been central to real-world solutions, as Director Jane McAdam told UNSW's Town and Gown 2018 audience.
International lawyer Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill has worked on issues related to child soldiers and to the protection of children in armed conflict. Lawyer Jason Pobjoy is the author of a recent ground-breaking study of children in international refugee law. These remarks introduce their joint legal opinion, which sets Myanmar’s obligations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child against the tragedy of the violence that broke out in Rakhine state one year ago.
The Kaldor Centre is deeply saddened by the passing of Barbara Harrell-Bond OBE, a luminary in the field of refugee studies. As the founder of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, she was instrumental in creating ‘refugee studies’ as an area of academic endeavour. She was a passionate advocate of the rights of refugees, a mentor to many, and a true humanitarian.
"What is required, first off, is working together – not just States and governments, but communities and civil society. And working together requires listening, understanding, and often a compromise or two; it’s a process which, taken up in good faith, can lead to results in the common interest."
Bucking global trends, Zambia has adopted more refugee-friendly policies amid a rising number of arrivals. Based on his research in Zambia, Kaldor Centre Visiting Scholar Nicholas Maple explains the authoritarian politics behind the progressive shift and the implications for advocates.