Blog post by Tristan Harley, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). This blog post is based on excerpts of his paper, Refugee Participation Revisited: The Contributions of Refugees to Early International Refugee Law and Policy, published in Refugee Survey Quarterly and available here.
Five years on from the crisis in the Andaman Sea, it is glaringly evident that those who are compelled to seek safety and dignity through this maritime route face the same tragic combination of inaction and indifference today as was evident in 2015.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a pause in the international resettlement of refugees, as announced by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in March. Although resettlement resumed in June, travel restrictions remain in place and resettlement numbers for the year remain extremely low.