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Resettlement is a life-saving tool. It is a way that countries, like Australia, help refugees and their families to find safety. In their resettlement country, refugees can build a new life and create a new home, while enjoying a secure and long-lasting legal status. 

Now resettlement is under unprecedented pressure. For the first time, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had to suspend resettlement departures for refugees earlier this year. With the pandemic halting flights and closing borders, the agencies had little choice but to temporarily abandon this vital lifeline.

While the resumption of resettlement travel has just been announced, many refugee families have been stranded, delayed, separated. Though UNHCR had identified 1.4 million people who needed to be resettled in 2020, even its goal to resettle 70,000 people won’t be met. 

In this podcast, a panel of experts brings you up to date on what this moment means in human terms, and how governments, including Australia, are responding. 

Listen to the podcast here, or subsribe through itunes.



Meet the Speakers

The discussion was moderated by Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. 

She was joined by: 

Kate O’Malley, Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra

Sally Pfeiffer, Assistant Secretary, Humanitarian Program Capability Branch, Refugee, Humanitarian and Settlement Division, Department of Home Affairs 

Paul Power, CEO, Refugee Council of Australia 

Melika Yassin Sheikh-Eldin, International and Community Development Manager, AMES Australia 


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