Politically, ‘stop the boats’ has been a winning slogan. But such policy in action is harsh and out of step with Australia’s international responsibilities. Around the world there are examples of safe ways for people to seek asylum without risking dangerous journeys, initiatives called complementary pathways.
In this podcast interview about the Policy Brief Safe Journeys and Sound Policy: Expanding protected entry for refugees, Kaldor Centre Senior Research Fellow Dr Claire Higgins tells Lauren Martin about one form of complementary pathways: protected entry.
How, when and why do protected-entry procedures work? Dr Higgins outlines schemes operating now in Australia, Brazil and Italy, where the Community of Sant'Egidio’s Humanitarian Corridors project recently won a Nansen Award. She also explains how such pathways fit into the goals of the historic United Nations Global Compact on Refugees, adopted by more than 180 countries in December 2018.
Hear how protected-entry procedures can help meet the contemporary challenge of displacement.
About the speakers:
Dr Claire Higgins is an award-winning historian and Senior Research Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for international Refugee law. She is also an Affiliate Scholar at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration in Washington D.C. In 2019-20 Dr Higgins is a Collaboration Fellow at UCLA's Luskin Center for History & Policy in Los Angeles. In 2018, as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar, Dr Higgins was at Georgetown University undertaking comparative research in alternative pathways for safe and orderly access to humanitarian resettlement. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in 2017, Dr Higgins researched Italy’s innovative Humanitarian Corridors program which enables asylum seekers to safely claim protection in Italy. She completed her doctorate in history at the University of Oxford examined on the development of Australian refugee policy. Her first book is Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth 2017). She has also written for The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Forbes.
Lauren Martin is an award-winning journalist and the Kaldor Centre’s Communications Officer. She was an editor in Australia at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Global Mail, and in the United States, she was Managing Editor of the [Martha’s] Vineyard Gazette and Washington Editor for Institutional Investor publications. She also worked as Head of Communications at the Sydney Opera House.