APO resource visit counts have been improved. For more information, see our Policies & Guidelines

Report

A global compact on refugees: the role of Australia

28 Aug 2017
Description

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 refugees in Southeast Asia and reduce pressure on its own asylum system.

Australia is well placed to take a lead on shaping the Global Compact in five areas where it has particular experience and expertise, namely technical and financial support to new resettlement countries, promoting complementary pathways for refugees, capacity development with regional partners, leveraging private sector support, and setting standards on environmental migrants. Eight specific recommendations include an internal review of Australia’s asylum and refugee policy against the commitments in the Global Compact, in order to lend credibility to its contribution.

Key findings

  • Australia has a vested interest to contribute proactively to the UN Global Compact on Refugees.
  • Australia’s contribution should draw on its experience and expertise on technical and financial support to new resettlement countries, complementary pathways for refugees, capacity development for regional partners, leveraging private sector support, and setting standards on environmental migrants.
  • Australia should review its own asylum and refugee policy against the commitments in the Global Compact.
Publication Details
License Type: 
All Rights Reserved
Published year only: 
2017
315
Share
Share
Collections
Geographic Coverage
Advertisement