The changing face of global displacement: responses and responsibilities

Immigration Right of asylum Australia

The issue of refugees and asylum-seekers provokes heated public debate in many countries around the world, including in Australia.

On 14 February 2012, in an address in the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, examined emerging developments and trends in forced displacement around the world and the complex, inter-related factors which cause people to flee their homes in search of safety, security and protection.

He gave his vision as to how States, working with UNHCR and the United Nations, can more effectively address the humanitarian protection and human security imperatives of forced displacement in ways that also respond to States' legitimate concerns about their own security and that of their people.

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