The case of Saudi teen Rahaf Al-Qunun dramatically demonstrates the difficulties many refugees face when attempting to escape the risk of harm at home and find safety elsewhere – whether they travel by leaky boat, or through international airports surrounded by business travellers and holiday-makers. Sometimes the dangers for refugees in transit are presented by the very people from whom they seek protection.
By Dr Tamara Wood
First published in The Conversation, 9 January 2019
Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek asylum by sea face perilous journeys to safety.
By Jane McAdam
First published in The Interpreter, 25 October 2018
Over the past six years, we have witnessed the steady, if not accelerating, deterioration of the mental and physical health of refugee children on Nauru. Their suffering has been described by medical experts as worse than they have seen in war zones or refugee camps around the world.
By Dr Sangeetha Pillai
First published in The Conversation, 4 September 2018
Amid controversy over the Minister for Immigration granting tourist visas to foreign au pairs against the advice of senior Border Force officials, Dr Sangeetha Pillai explains the scope of the minister’s legal power to grant visas in such instances, and the issues at play.
By Jane McAdam and Walter Kälin
First published in The Interpreter, 27 August 2018
In one area, at least, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration represents a significant breakthrough: it expressly recognises that climate change, disasters and environmental degradation can drive people to leave their homes.
The Myanmar Government’s treatment of Rohingya children violates core provisions of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, according to a legal opinion co-authored by Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill of UNSW’s Kaldor Centre and Dr Jason Pobjoy, a barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London.
By Regina Jefferies
First published in Just Security, 23 May 2018
The Office of the Solicitor General found itself in the position of defending an Executive Order targeting a broad group of individuals whom, the president claimed, should be subject to broad restrictions in the interest of national security...
This Researcher Postcard is the first of an occasional series of writings from Kaldor Centre Senior Research Associate Dr Claire Higgins during her Fulbright Postdoctoral research in the United States.