By Madeline Gleeson
First published in Sydney PEN Magazine, November Issue 2016.
To be able to write, and to have your words read, is a great privilege. Never is this more so than when telling someone else’s story on their behalf; narrating a trauma, or a death; shining light on abuse of power; or documenting a critical period in a country’s history, in the hope it might endure on the historical record as a permanent memory of what has been done...
By Madeline Gleeson
First published in The Age, 13 December 2016
The remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island will be among the first places in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Some 1500 refugees and asylum seekers will be there to greet it, stranded in a combination of semi-detention and community residences. Four New Years into their offshore limbo, yet little closer to knowing what this one will bring...
By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Conversation, 1 December 2016
On average, one person is displaced each second by a disaster-related hazard. In global terms, that’s about 26 million people a year. Most move within their own countries, but some are forced across international borders. As climate change continues, more frequent and extreme weather events are expected...
After a series of global summits on the refugee crisis, America elected Donald Trump. Elizabeth Ferris, who helped prepare the UN refugee summit, considers whether that progress is ruined, or if lack of US leadership will bring urgency to other players and policy ideas.
First published in The Saturday Paper, 19 November 2016
It is 65 years since the Refugee Convention was adopted. This year, there are 65 million displaced people in the world. The synchronicity of those figures would have caused the drafters of the convention grave concern. The Refugee Convention was intended to provide a consistent and predictable means of granting refugees a legal status, and thus a means of finding a durable solution, whether through local integration, resettlement or voluntary repatriation.