The Global Summit on Refugees and Migrants: the pesky issue of level of ambition

By Elizabeth Ferris

I have been very fortunate to work in the United Nations Secretary-General’s office to help prepare the 19 September United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants...

We can resettle refugees in Australia and it's not just wishful thinking. This is how

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Guardian, 5 September 2016

There are many sides to the refugee debate in Australia, but an overarching question is this: how can we create a more sustainable and humane policy that accords with international law?

Filling up or emptying the glass? Musings on the 19 September refugee summit

By Professor Jane McAdam

There are 21 million refugees in the world today – the highest number since the Second World War. But on a per capita basis, there are actually fewer refugees now than there were then.

How the entire nation of Nauru almost moved to Queensland

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Conversation, 15 August 2016

Nauru is best known to most Australians as the remote Pacific island where asylum seekers who arrive by boat are sent. What is less well known is that in the 1960s, the Australian government planned to relocate the entire population of Nauru to an island off the Queensland coast.

How did we become so indifferent to human life?

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Age, 12 August 2016

The release this week of 2000 incident reports from the immigration detention centre in Nauru sadly vindicates the consistent accounts of mistreatment already on the record – by refugees, former staff, UNHCR, the Australian Human Rights Commission and other independent observers.


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