On the 23 November 2018, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fifth annual conference, entitled ‘Refugee Diplomacy: Negotiating protection in a changing world'’. This Q&A panel discussion shared insights behind the scenes of refugee diplomacy and was chaired by Leanne Smith, Director, Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University and member of the Kaldor Centre Advisory Committee.
He came to Canada at 16, a Somali seeking asylum, and now Ahmed Hussen is the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. On 31 August 2018, this lawyer, refugee and national leader spoke at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, sharing his singular insights into Canada’s efforts to successfully integrate new citizens.
Evidence matters. Yet even before “fake news” became a political weapon, it’s been notoriously difficult to get evidence into the policymaking process. How can we keep good evidence from being overwhelmed by bad politics? In this conversation, three world-renowned experts talk about their experience from the front lines of research and policymaking in contentious areas – climate change, refugees and, where the two meet, climate change- and disaster-related displacement.
Ordinary citizens around the world are coming together to sponsor refugees, an experience that can transform individual lives and strengthen communities. As Australia is now shaping its own refugee private sponsorship initiative, it’s a critical time to learn from international best practice.
Ai Weiwei’s Law of the Journey, 2017, an imposing installation featuring a 60-metre-long boat crowded with hundreds of anonymous refugee figures, provoked this frank discussion of Australia’s response to asylum seekers arriving by boat – and today’s approach to refugees globally.