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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. Host Dr Clare Wright asks Kaldor Centre Senior Research Associate Madeline Gleeson, what’s the legal framework through which an asylum seeker becomes a refugee? How can seeking asylum be legal in international law yet be made unlawful in a domestic legal context? 

Listen to Shooting the Past’s ‘The rugmaker of Prahran’ 

For more answers to common questions about seeking asylum, see our factsheet Debunking myths.

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