Are would-be new Americans part of Trump’s ‘new American moment’?

By Dr Claire Higgins
1 February 2018

This Researcher Postcard is the first of an occasional series of writings from Kaldor Centre Senior Research Associate Dr Claire Higgins during her Fulbright Postdoctoral research in the United States.

Stop the doublespeak on Manus policy

By Professor Jane McAdam

If Papua New Guinea is responsible for the fate of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, then why is it the Australian Prime Minister rejecting New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 of them? The double-speak on this issue is breathtaking, and the Australian government’s actions belie its rhetoric that this is PNG’s problem and not its own.

The refugees Australia tried to offshore are still its responsibility

By Dr Claire Higgins

Along with the United States and Canada, Australia has proudly resettled tens of thousands of refugees since World War II. Yet in recent years, Australia has adopted a radically harsh approach to those asylum seekers who have traveled by boat to the country’s northern coastline and sought to claim refugee status...

Manus detention centre: Australia is still responsible for these men — and those who haven't made it this far

By Madeline Gleeson

Australia has "closed" the Manus Island detention centre, and all eyes are on the hundreds of men who have barricaded themselves in, refusing to move to the "transit" accommodation in nearby Lorengau for fear of what awaits them there...

A Half-Century of Universal Refugee Protection Under Threat

By Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

Fifty years ago, the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees entered into force. It would finally put the international protection of refugees on a universal basis, without limit of time or place. It would thus provide the framework for a truly international response to international problems that no one state should bear alone...


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