Regional Cooperation on Refugee Protection: The Unanswered Questions

By Madeline Gleeson
First published by the Middle East Institute, 5 September 2017

With record numbers of people displaced around the world, the issue of how regions might cooperate to manage forced migration, and respond to the needs of people on the move, has become more relevant than ever...

Australia’s long history of offshore detention

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in the Lowy Interpreter, 8 September 2017

Shutting down the Manus Island detention centre by 31 October, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said, will represent 'the closure of a sad chapter'. Much remains unclear about this planned closure, but the eventual failure of offshore detention was clearly foreseen by the Immigration Department – not in 2012, when Manus and Nauru were re-opened, nor even in 1992, when mandatory detention became law...

Dutton should learn to live with lawyers helping in matters of life and death

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in The Guardian, 31 August 2018

Lawyers who defend asylum seekers, the Immigration Minister believes, are ‘un-Australian’. Peter Dutton is not the first Minister to level criticism at asylum seeker advocates. But history shows that things could –and should – have turned out very differently...

Australia is bankrupting its standing with 'deportation by destitution' policy

By Dr Claire Higgins

Australia’s latest asylum policy appears to be deportation by destitution. By cutting financial support from 100 asylum seekers and issuing a new ‘final departure Bridging E Visa’, the government is putting vulnerable people at risk of homelessness and privation. This might seem like an act with purely domestic consequences...

Explainer: how do Australia’s proposed citizenship laws compare internationally?

By Dr Sangeetha Pillai
First published in The Conversation

Debate will resume in parliament this week over the government’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship laws. Among the reforms is a requirement for migrants to be permanent residents of Australia for four years before applying for citizenship - an increase from the current requirement of one year...


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