Muslim woman silhouette at the airport

Blocking asylum, by sea or by air

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.

Women seeking asylum for family violence don’t have an easy time getting it

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.

The latest citizenship-stripping plan risks statelessness, indefinite detention and constitutional challenge

By Dr Sangeetha Pillai
First published in The Conversation on 24 November 2018

This week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced the federal government’s intention to introduce changes to Australia’s citizenship-stripping laws.

Nothing surrendered but much to be gained from UN migration pact

By Jane McAdam & Guy Goodwin-Gill
First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 November 2018

For Australia, migration has been a nation-building enterprise that has yielded immense economic, social, and cultural benefits. It is truly part of our DNA.

Never too late to get the kids off Nauru

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.

Peter Dutton’s decisions on the au pairs are legal - but there are other considerations

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.

Rights for people forced out by climate change

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.

Legal analysis: Myanmar violating Rights of the Child obligations

23 July 2018

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.

Tragedy of Errors: The Solicitor General, the Supreme Court and the Truth

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...

Are would-be new Americans part of Trump’s ‘new American moment’?

By Dr Claire Higgins
1 February 2018

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.


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