Forced Migration

Featuring reports, commentary, audio, video and other grey literature related to forced migration in Australia and its region, this collection was an initiative the Forced Migration Research Hub - an international network of research scholars working on issues of forced migration in the Asia-Pacific and hosted by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research in collaboration with Monash and La Trobe Universities.  ForMHub was established by a Melbourne-based steering committee led by Anne McNevin (Monash University) and Sandy Gifford (La Trobe University & Swinburne University) and is now hosted by APO.


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Forced Migration

Report

21 Nov 2017

The situation for Myanmar’s Rohingya minority has deteriorated dramatically since August 2017, when the military unleashed a brutal campaign of violence against the population living in the northern parts of Rakhine State, where the majority of Rohingya normally live. This campaign, launched in response...

Guide

16 Nov 2017

This guide provides statistics on the number of boats that have been ‘turned back’ since the practice of removing unauthorised maritime arrivals in Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels (SIEVs) from Australian waters was introduced by the Howard Government (from 2001–2003) and reintroduced by the Abbott Government...

Commentary

12 Nov 2017

Back in October 2005, Australia confronted a looming humanitarian emergency not too different from the one the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, says is unfolding on Manus Island now. A group of asylum seekers had been held for roughly the same four-year-plus...

Commentary

6 Nov 2017

In her first meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on 5 November, NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, behaved with admirable tact and diplomacy. She offered the Australian government a partial way out of its self-made disaster on Manus Island, and when her proposal was instantly put on...

Report

3 Nov 2017

Statelessness can exacerbate the exclusion that minorities already face, further limiting their access to education, health care, legal employment, freedom of movement, development opportunities and the right to vote. It creates a chasm between affected groups and the wider community, deepening their sense of being...

Briefing paper

2 Nov 2017

Climate change is already forcing millions of people from their land and homes, and putting many more at risk of displacement in the future. Supercharged storms, more intense and prolonged droughts, rising seas and other impacts of climate change all exacerbate people’s existing vulnerabilities and...

Discussion paper

2 Nov 2017

Settlement Grants is a key program in the suite of settlement services to support humanitarian entrants and eligible migrants to achieve full participation in Australian society by focussing on social participation, economic well-being, independence, personal well-being and community connectedness.

The...

Blog post

27 Oct 2017

The Australian-funded regional processing centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), is due to close on 31 October. This will bring to an end, after five years, the Australian Government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island (the processing centre on...

Policy report

26 Oct 2017

The Law Council of Australia recognises that forced displacement affects a significant number of people worldwide, and that the number of people seeking international protection, and a safe and viable way in which to access it, continues to increase.

The Law Council...

Report

24 Oct 2017

By its very nature, any treatment of irregular migration, asylum seekers, human trafficking and people smuggling is highly controversial. To avoid unnecessary controversy, this report focuses on the organisation and business models of the globe’s people-smuggling organisations, but the authors have maintained an explorative outlook....

Report

18 Oct 2017

Early in the morning of 25 August 2017, members of a Rohingya armed group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, attacked approximately 30 security force outposts in northern Rakhine State. In its response, the Myanmar Army launched an attack on the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine...

Research report

23 Sep 2017

This report presents findings from the Empowering Migrant and Refugee Women study, undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. This study was commissioned by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to build evidence on practical strategies that could empower migrant and refugee women in...

Research report

18 Sep 2017

The Liberal Party of Australia, in coalition with The Nationals (together, the Coalition), won the 2013 federal election, defeating the Australian Labor Party (ALP) which had been in power for six years since December 2007. Tony Abbott was duly sworn in as Australia’s 28th Prime...

Research report

31 Aug 2017

Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers is an employment program for asylum seekers with bridging visas living in Melbourne. Supported by a private philanthropist, the Brotherhood of St Laurence program aims to assist asylum seekers to get into (and stay in) the workforce. The program...

Research report

28 Aug 2017

The UN Global Compact on Refugees provides a unique opportunity to make far-reaching improvements to the international response to refugees. Australia has a vested interest to improve the refugee regime in particular to institute a more effective and equitable regional response to asylum seekers and...

Report

2 Aug 2017

Every day, ordinary Australians visit people detained in Australia’s onshore immigration detention facilities. This is an important and often under-appreciated role. These visitors provide emotional support to people in detention, advocate on their behalf and fill in the gaps that exist in provision of services...

Report

18 Jul 2017

On 2 December 2015, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (the committee) initiated an inquiry into human trafficking, which lapsed at the end of the 44th Parliament. The committee had received a number of submissions to the inquiry at the time the inquiry lapsed....

Research report

10 Jul 2017

This report is the continuation of the Edmund Rice Centre’s determination to investigate Australia’s most recent deportations to Afghanistan by providing an overview of Afghanistan’s current security, political, and socio-economic situation, the drivers and trends of migration, and the returnees’ experience, compiled from both primary...

Report

6 Jul 2017

A humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in the central Mediterranean as thousands of people die at sea in the desperate attempt to reach safety or a better life in Europe. In the first half of 2017 73,000 refugees and migrants reached Italy by sea: 14%...

Report

2 Jun 2017

Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) programs facilitate travel for migrants who want to return home but require financial assistance to do so. In Australia, the AVR program is primarily employed to facilitate return for migrants who have no ongoing legal avenue to stay, but is generally...